Missy's Reason #1 to Print What You Want to Preserve:
Because 50 years from now, the most photographed generation in history will have no photos.
The Devil Inside Me
I'm a big fan of Missy Mwac (https://missymwac.com) not only for her humor but for her evangelical persistence that we must print our work so it will be as meaningful 50 years from now as the above image of moi is today. This devilish image was taken over 50-years ago and I'm sure it was in print at some point but now it exists only as a Kodachrome slide. Now stored carefully it was once housed with its brethren in a Carousel and occasionally projected by my father in a darkened room full of chuckling family members. I'm sure I was mortified each time it appeared but now, well now I'm kinda proud of it and how it has managed to survive all these years. Point being, It exists in physical and retrievable form and if stored carefully will become a cherished artifact for my great-great grandkids. Really, they'll love it.
And, plans are, in the near future it'll be printed in book form to be even more easily accessible. There I'll be, sitting on a shelf ready to be pulled down and perused as bedtime reading. Great fun for the great-great grandkid.
It's sad to note that our current generation of photo takers won't have the same opportunities. Those millions of digital files, where will they be in 20, 30, 50 years? Digital dust is my guess. Hard drives fail, technology changes, cloud storage costs go up and people abandon their sites, hosts where all your favorite images rest go bankrupt and close their ports. I used to store files on floppy disks, if you don't remember floppies then consider that 20 years from now people won't recall CDs or DVDs (which you thought would be safe).
Like many other aspects of the Internet we offer up something for convenience. In the case of photographs, it's the risk of them disappearing. How could you possibly live knowing this image of me on a chilly Maryland Halloween will no longer exist?