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Why I Started PiciScan

Posted on: Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Last November, November 2009, there was widespread flooding in Cumbria. In Kendal, where I’m from, we didn’t get it nearly as bad as Burneside, just down the road. Nor did we get it as bad as Cockermouth, in the north of the County, where bridges were ripped apart and cars were carried miles down the road. But, hundreds of people still photographed and filmed the floods in Kendal and it made front page news in the Westmorland Gazette. A few days later, the floods had gone from Kendal and the river level returned to normal.

No-one was fascinated by the river anymore. No-one saw fit to film it or photograph it. And yet, it was still changing every day. This got me thinking.

Every photograph taken is a record of a moment in history. It is a record of something almost unreal, because AS SOON as the photograph has been taken, something has changed. Digital photography has made archiving these transient moments easier than ever. But, in the world there are millions, maybe billions, of images that exist as paper photographs, slides or even just as negatives, that one day will fade and disappear. I set up PiciScan, partly to help preserve the memory of the past.

Every photo is an historical record. With PiciScan I wanted to help keep the historical records alive for generations to come.

Mark founded PiciScan in July 2010. He does all the scanning, designs the website and blogs about web design.

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