How To Leave A Visual Legacy
How will future generations remember you?
Let them re-live your memories by leaving a visual legacy!
What is a Visual Legacy?
Your visual legacy can be described as all of the visual elements that you have collected in your lifetime which represent your life story, including photos, videos, memorobilia and audio recordings. Leaving a visual legacy acts a way to leave a connection to you and your family and future generations when you are gone, so that they can cherish your history and keep your memory alive. A visual legacy is essentially an archive, which captures moments and milestones that you have achieved during your lifetime.
Why is preserving your legacy so important?
Preserving your history is a great way to celebrate your life as well as leaving your family and future generations something truly special to treasure and remember you by. Not many people can tell the story of their great, great grandparents with so many family memories lost. Leaving a legacy doesn't have to be about money or accomplishments - a lasting legacy is simply about you and your stories.
How To Leave A Visual Legacy
Digitally backup analogue photos
Your visual legacy has to be orderly, easy to access and safely stored. For example, if you have hundreds of old analogue photos it can be difficult to preserve and organise them all. The best way to do this is to pick your best memories from childhood, your teenage years and adulthood then back them up in a digital format (find out how to organise & digitise your images here).
Add descriptions & timestamp your images
Adding descriptions and timestamps to your photos can bring a photo to life. A way of doing this is by adding metadata to images to put them in context for future generations to understand. Your smartphone or digital camera may automatically add date, time and location but there is always more to the story and old photos need that context and content.
Narrate Your Favourite Memories
Care management software like StoriiCare can also be used to create narrated memories for those in care settings. This allows service users, staff or families to record the story behind a photograph and build a solid archive of historical images complemented with digital memoirs.
Use the Power of Video
Video can be a powerful tool to use as a way of preserving your legacy. The goal is to get into a habit of recording major life events. For example it could be your wedding, graduation, anniversaries or even practicing your favourite sport. Another idea is to ask a family member to interview you in a personal video recorded in your home and document the things you would like future generation to know. All in all, videos are brilliant and photos and audio recordings are just as important. Therefore, we believe that multi-media storytelling is the best way to immortalise your legacy.