The Power of the Print #1 | Leighton DaCosta. Atlanta Portrait Photographer

Me Circa 1980. Photo by Doyen. Kingston Jamaica. Floppy Disk Circa 2002. Remember when 1.44MB was a lot of memory? When the average photo on my phone camera is about 2.8MB. Can we say #Obsolete?

Earlier today in a Facebook group of photographers, one of the members challenged the rest of us to post an image as a child. As I decided to post this photo, I couldn't help but think of all the kids born in the past 10 years who will not have childhood images. Not that they never had a photo taken, but that most of their photos live on a computer or a phone, not on a print. 

For me, this image will always be powerful. I don't know if it was my first ever time having my photo taken, I do know that the same photographer photographed my older brothers, 8-10 years earlier. The FAMILY photographer, not just a photographer who photographs family. 

The other object in the image is an old floppy disk that I had laying around. This was probably used around 2002 when I was in the Navy, because it was the "easiest" way to move information from point A to point B securely. By 2007, floppy disks were all but phased out in favor of compact discs. Almost 10 years later, CD's are almost obsolete due to cloud storage, but when will that no longer be the preferred method? 

For a century and a half, PAPER has been the preferred medium for photography. It's often the permanent solution for photo archival. Photos have survived floods, storms, and even fires (when safeguarded).

Books and photos are reflections of our memories and thoughts that we can enjoy while we are alive, but are also able to leave for future generations to enjoy when we are gone.

What's the oldest photo of you that you own? Do comment and follow!


PS. For all sessions booked in the month of April, receive a complimentary 9x12 print. 

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!