VETERAN HISTORY PHOTO RESTORATION
Passing on Pride and Honour to the next generation
HONOUR HISTORY AND REMEMBER PRIDE
Who we are today is a testament of how much we’ve remembered, learned and grown from our past. A big part of this is knowing our heritage as well as remembering our family and friends who have helped shape our lives. When our memories of the people we love slowly fade away, we look at photographs, letters and other memorabilia that bring forth their thoughts and actions. But what if even these physical memorabilia slowly succumb to wear and tear and start to get lost in time? If there is something we can do to prevent these memories from getting lost forever, why not take it?
When we look at photographs of people, places or events, we not only see images but we feel emotions that stir thoughts and actions. We associate the stories we hear from our grandparents to what we see in photographs. It makes us better understand where they come from, especially how a specific moment captured in black and white can tell so much about how this photographed event, or that photographed person, affected their lives. Looking at images of the past, we can imagine what life was back then especially when we hear stories from our war veterans who have given their time and a part of their life to serve our country and its people. And even if their stories get lost in time after they’ve been passed on from one generation to the next, the photographs are still there to reconnect the younger generation to their heritage.
Every 25th of April, we celebrate Anzac Day and commemorate those who have served and have given their lives not only during the 1915 allied expedition but to every war and military operation lost and won since then. During this celebration, the military performs exercises to commemorate the events that have happened in the past. Families, on the other hand, bring out photo albums and gather to hear the stories of their grandmothers and grandfathers who are war veterans. After looking at the photos of our departed loved ones, we place the photos on a box, lock them tight and safely put them away till next year, afraid that putting them on display will quicken the deterioration of the photographs.
But what if we no longer need to hide the photos and lock our memories since technology created an opportunity to keep history alive? Through digitalisation and photo restoration, we can now safely store images and recreate missing sections or damaged parts to preserve visual history. As we move towards a more digitalised world, printed photographs do not lose their value instead they become more important and rarer, thus the need to restore and preserve them to keep our heritage and our memories alive.
There are many instances in which photographs brought comfort to people or connect families especially when we talk about our veterans and their experiences. Veterans seeing photographs of their team lounging on their barracks or out on the field can bring back so many memories and inspire them to reach out to their fellow veteran and their families and see how they are doing. Families who no longer have their beloved veterans can reach out to other families of veterans who are photographed together with their loved ones, and just share stories and connect to relive the life of their parents and grandparents and pass on their legacy to their children and grandchildren.
If you ask around, the majority would say that their photo albums would be among the first things they’ll carry out in case of a fire. But what if there’s no chance to save the albums; would you just let your memories of your loved ones fade away?
By digitally restoring printed photographs, you get an online copy of the images which you can store in your cloud service, share with family and access anytime and anywhere.
By removing specks of dust and scratches, recreating damaged parts, and brushing up on colours, the images are brought back to life and your family’s legacy lives on. You can save your memories and pass on your family’s legacy to the next generations and allow them access to visual history—photographs that show their heritage, especially who they are and where they come from.
Lest we forget our veterans who in their service gave their lives and their time in service of the people and their countrymen, let’s celebrate life and history by commemorating our loved ones through their photographs. As the Philosopher and Poet George Santayana said in his work entitled, The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,”. If we do not give value to our history, especially to the people who have helped shape our character, and if we do not take actions to recount our history and relive our memories, we would not know who we are today and what more we can be in the future.
At Yesterdays Photo, we keep your memories alive by restoring photographs to a state where they can survive their own stories. If you have a valid Veteran Card, we can offer discounts up to 40%. For non-veteran cardholders, but with military-related photographs, we can also offer discounts depending on a damage assessment.
We also offer a special price for restoring photo collections. For enquiries or bulk photo submissions, phone us on +61 497 859 034 or send us an email.
Keep your history alive by celebrating family, love and friendship through restored photographs from Yesterdays Photo!