People love anything nostalgic. Old movies, antique furniture, antique cars, beautiful old homes, cans, bottles...you name it! So, should we be surprised that people can't get enough of old photo's? The photo's themselves don't even have to be old; as long as they look old! There has been a growing trend over the past few years in the photography world relating directly to this topic! Consumers are quickly buying up prints that have that "old time feel" and photographers have discovered that Sepia and Black & White prints are all the rage!
So, what is this all about? I tend to believe that we gravitate toward nostalgic items because they remind us of a simpler time. We can look at something old, touch it, and remember life before computers, cell phones, and plastic surgery. Even if we weren't alive back then we somehow feel comforted when we get a glimpse of the past. Who doesn't love an old rocking chair sitting on a porch? It's an instant reminder, for so many of us, of our childhood. We see something old and we're reminded of our grandparents; our history.
Life back then just seemed easy. People moved at a slower pace. So, when a single photograph can transport someone back to a different place and time it's no surprise that they would be drawn to it.
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