Dear Photograph

In an age of SMS shorthand and an online world dominated by social media, the lure of nostalgia seems more compelling than ever.

A must-visit website showcasing photography’s ability to document life’s important memories is Dear Photograph.

The site provides a potent mix of the past and present by demonstrating a photograph’s ability to preserve our personal stories and legacies – and the human connections that give them meaning.

The principle is simple: visitors to the site submit photographs of old photographs, held up against the original scene, captioning them with brief, often emotive notes to the original image explaining what the photograph means to them.

One example from the site:

Dear Photograph,
Dad never took a picture of me, ever.
Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
Anonymous

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