i'm not gonna lie. i've always liked taking photos of myself. and i like panoramas made with consecutive frame images. i like contact sheets and lining up - piecing together photographs. i am in my head a lot, and i like seeing what that looks like. and my kids will probably be weeding through boxes of photographs instead of other sentimentalities when they have to downsize me out of this house into a senior living condo. "why did she save all the negatives?" well, they are part of me. yes, the negatives from my memorial day weekend trip to the copper country when i was 18 was totally unique and the group snapshots should be treasured. okay, i do still have a lot of negatives that i wont ever use to make photos, but up til now i've been going with the "you never know what might happen, or what tomorrow brings" theory. fine. i'll make something curious with the negatives. do you really want all those chemicals sitting in a landfill poisoning your water? didn't think so. see, they are serving a purpose in my boxes in the basement. and they will wonder (i've rounded the corner, just back from my tangent now) what to do with all the albums and since i've gone digital upon suvi's birth, all the cd's. maybe they'll have a cool little collage or shadow box project on their art desks. desks with MAMA LOVES YOU in my favourite font across a laminated image of me as their blotter. i'd like to hope so.