Why Do We Restore Old Photographs?

Photographs are a great way of recording what happens, they can capture a place, events in a place, or people’s lives. Photographs are something that people have used now for over 100 years to record, so they’re really useful when looking at how life has changed. People are more likely to look at the picture than they are to read and they can be so much more descriptive of a place or an event compared to just words.

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Consider which photographs you want to keep, carefully

You don’t need 20 photos showing the same thing, so just keep the best ones unless they’re part of a series chronicling a time or event. The popularity of digital cameras means that there are a lot more photographs being taken. These days, almost everyone has a camera on their mobile phone, so just about any event is being photographed and documented by several people. In the past, it was difficult finding photographs of events but now there’s almost too much being produced and you’re swamped with information.

One problem with photographs when they’ve been used in displays or albums, is they’re often put onto paper or cardboard, which degrades at a different rate to the photograph. They’re also subject to different threats, they absorb moisture differently and are prone to insect damage. If photographs are damaged you don’t necessarily have to write them off. You can send off a hard copy to be restored professionally by Life’s Sweet if it’s a photograph that’s really important to you. We can clean the image digitally and preserve it for you indefinitely.


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Insect damage on the cardboard backing of an old photograph