What a serendipitous theme for the week of Harrison's birthday. Eight years have passed since his birth -- ack -- and while it's hard to admit the quick passage of time in terms of his growth and development, it's easy to see how much he has changed. But I digress. My real point of this post is not my child, but the changes in technology in the eight years since I began to chronicle his life.
In 2000, I did not have a digital camera. In fact, my film camera had no zoom, no flash control, no focus. I turned it on, pointed it at my subject, and pressed the button. In 2000, the new-fangled thing was getting your pictures developed and having the option of having the developer put them on a floppy disc. You heard it here first, folks -- I was on the cutting edge.
When I went to dig up a baby picture of Harrison for this post, I realized that the first two years of his life are in albums and on floppies. Hmmm....my computer doesn't have one of those drives anymore. Sigh. Another summer project in the making. In 2002, when Harrison was two years old, the CD revolution came to the local photo processing place and I now had my pictures on CD. However, when I uploaded a couple of them yesterday, I realized how grainy they are (not to mention noticing my less-than-stellar photography skills).
I'm glad I have the hundreds of pictures in albums and on the grainy, almost non-retrievable floppies, but part of me wishes I could go back and reshoot those pictures with my kicked up DSLR.
Time...it marches on whether you're ready or not :).
Harrison at two years old, August 2002
Harrison on his eighth birthday, June 4, 2008