November 7, 2012


Photo album with Italy and Outer Banks jewels: October 2012


52 Photos Project: Holding

After I returned from my back-to-back Squam art retreats in Morro d’Oro, Italy and OBX I had a deep yearning to have my photos developed. I wanted to hold them in my hands and see them up close. As I go through them now I still think, “Wow! I was actually in Italy! It was real! I was there!” I’m still processing all that I experienced and what’s transpired within me since.

I rarely have my pictures developed. They usually never leave my iphone, computer, or memory cards. Doubly rare is for me to place them in a photo album. I have photo boxes where some old ones are housed while others remain inside their original envelopes, again IF they become a tangible image.

This time, however, was different. I very much enjoyed taking the time to insert each special memory into its own sleeve inside a photo album. There is something to it. Something nostalgic. Something delightful.

I can remember as a child sitting on the floor going through my Ma’s photo albums. I have adopted several of them from her which is such a treasure. Sigh.

Wherever you are today, I encourage you to slow down and hold on to what or who is special to you. Even if you don’t capture the moment on film, stop to make a mental picture and offer thanks.

Love always,



  1. Posted November 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Those are very wise words, Tracey! I would add, hold them while you can, before all you have is photographs.

  2. Tracey Duncan
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Annie! Oh yes! Great addition!

  3. Posted November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    What treasures! I especially liked what you had to say about the feelings you have for these particular pictures. Well expressed!

  4. Tracey Duncan
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Oh thank you, Susan!! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

  5. Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!! I have just started printing my photos for the same reason. I’m framing a lot of them from the OBX to remember that special time.
    (ps.. there’s an app for the iphone called PostalPix that you can use to print your iphone pics. it’s great!) xo

  6. Tracey Duncan
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Great idea! It WAS a special time, for sure! Oh wow! Thank you for the tip, sweets!! xo

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