Our memory

Learned an interesting facts recently. Our brain stores our memory. We would normally believed in what we remembered, but in actual fact, our memory is not reliable. As time goes by, our older memories will fade, and when we try to retrieve it, we could possibly end up filling in false memory. In other words, we altered our memory based on what we believed have happened, burn it into our memory, recalling it back and treat it as reality.As I recall some memories, I start to wonder are they altered? Are they real? Are they original? Well, there’s really no way I could verify at the moment.

Let’s bring this into the world of photography. A lot of times you may be asking yourself why are we taking so many pictures of our life, our surroundings. I think it makes sense now that it serves as a reminder, a permanent memory that cannot be altered (well, unless you photoshop it, of course) by us nor our brain. Taking picture is one thing, storing them and sorting them for future reference is another. I think a lot of people just dump their photos into cloud storage or other applications such as Google Photos. As AI evolved, perhaps it will become more intelligent in finding your memories on your behalf. But for now, I’m still using the good old way of indexing photos myself, storing them in folders either by year > month or by special occasion. And once a while, I’ll look back at some of the old photos and cringed… haha.

Are you one of those who stores a lot of old photos? How do you organize them and search for them when needed?

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