The Big and the Small

We get big projects. We get small projects. All the time. Recently, the executor of an estate brought in three large bins full of a parent’s photos, negatives, diaries and other miscellaneous papers. There were seven siblings, and they could not come to agreement as to what to save or who could have what. So the judge ordered them to digitize everything. It was not cheap, especially because it came to us unorganized and with many items in deteriorating condition. Nevertheless, after about 6 weeks of work, each sibling received a large capacity flash drive everything scanned and organized clearly and logically. Later, I was told that everyone was very happy with the results, and that all the siblings agreed that the whole of their parents’ memories was worth more than the sum of the parts, and that doing it was money well spent. A level of comity was arrived at between the siblings.

Around the same time, a retired minister stopped in with an old negative that a cousin has mailed to him. He just wanted us to make print a print from the negative.. When he came in to pick it up, he pulled it out of the envelope, and gazed at it for a long time. Running his hand over the surface, he said, “This is my mother. I’ve never seen a picture of her as a young woman.” His age-worn face broke Into a smile as he looked up and said, “She was so beautiful.”

So you see, we understand that every project, whether big or small, is important. But we also know that sometimes— perhaps even most of the time— the results we create will mean more to you than you can possibly know.

Daniel Smith