At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
This website started out of Ian's hobby of putting together themed photograph albums every two or three years beginning in 1979. The first album reflected his time at UC Berkeley, where he graduated that year, as well as some photos from the years since leaving school in Marlow, UK. There weren't a lot of photos until around 1980. Over twenty-five years after being compiled, the pages are already starting to yellow.
Rather than being organized chronologically, the albums had pages organized by theme. The two Canada pages on the left and below here were the "Canada" theme in this first paper photo album, memories from his stays in Canada in 1971-2.
Ian produced photo albums in much the same format covering 1979-82 (law school), 1983-6 (New York), 1987-1990 and 1990-92 (both in Paris). All of them include different themes, perhaps pages devoted to a particular person or holiday or period.
We were late getting to the next album, which should have been done in around 1996. But when we finally got to it in 2000, the possibility was there to do it digitally. It took a little arranging: a negative scanner made digitizing photos doable with good quality, and then Microsoft Front Page made it easier to create a photo album on the web. Adobe Photoshop Elements helped us format and improve the photos.
The effect is that the selected family photographs can be shared with everyone in the family who wants to see them, with no diminution in quality, on their own PCs. The children refer their friends to see them on the web. Over the years that original digital album has grown and grown, with regular updates reflecting technological advances through broadband internet access.
But over time the themes became so numerous and interrelated that it became difficult to explore them coherently. The format worked in a 50-page photo album on paper, but began to be cumbersome when there were 130+ pages on the web.
So in 2008, we decided to turn the photo album into a photo journal. No doubt in a few years it too will begin to look cumbersome and awkward to navigate. But for right now, it looks like the answer to the maze we've created.
This album/journal on the web is a fun hobby!
Listing of Pages in the Site
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