All too often we find ourselves searching for fond mementos, embarking on nostalgic trips. After a few decades of your life, you tend to have a lot of memories that make your eyes moist and bring laughter.

Photographs. Every now and then we turn to pictures, flipping prints, gazing at walls, trying to re-enact the magic frozen in time, the beauty on display, or the rage that forever burns through. Some photographs truly surprise; the intensity of emotions felt are often unexpected, and significantly colour present realities either for the better, or ruin everything. Either way, we get broken, either by sad memories, or by happy memories that evoke wistfulness so strong we become sad; sad that those moments can only live in a picture, instead of how we’d prefer; in flesh. Still we turn to photographs because the lure of being transported though time can be too strong to refuse.

Where you keep a photograph is usually an indicator of the level of comfort it brings, or what it signifies; with some photographs strategically placed to be viewed a few dozen times a day while others are kept in drawers to be wistfully stared at every few weeks. Pictures that were hung in living rooms, propped on dressers, or scattered along hallways were traditionally hung on picture frames.

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Then technology changed everything

Quickly making the conventional picture frame seem obsolete, digital photo frames quickly gained popularity in a relatively short time. Coming packed with multi-functional flexibility like playing videos, playing background music, and literally thousands of pictures on a slide show, digital photo frames seem like a sure bet over regular picture frames. However, the reality cannot be further from the truth. Some things cannot just be replaced.

Here’s why:

Viewing quality. This is when the term ”good old” becomes rather apt. Very few digital photo frames can compare with professionally printed pictures mounted on a frame. Even with the ones that can, the experience is still markedly different. Digital photo frames generally show grainy images, and look rather cheesy. Digital imaging while still improving, are clear runners up in terms of detail, colour balance and subtlety compared to a professionally printed shot. The difference in quality becomes even more pronounced when the pictures are displayed on small low resolution picture frame.

Living room - on the wall empty picture frames - 3D illustration

Living room – on the wall empty picture frames – 3D illustration

Bigger is better. Yes, size matters, especially when you’re looking at fond memories; family pictures, graduation pictures, and pictures of your wedding, bigger always feels better. Sometimes you just want to be surrounded by memories everywhere you turn; in hallways, the rooms, or your office. Sizes of the ilk photo frames offer might not cut it.

Design. Perhaps one of the most exciting things about picture frames is that they can be so beautiful, exquisite sometimes. Regardless of your type; carved wood, gold or aluminium, there’s often jaw dropping artistry involved in making resting places for those beautiful memories. These design often evoke as much memories as the pictures themselves; pictures of grandparents mounted on a wall, encased in mahogany almost as old as the pictures themselves, or of a picture of your wedding, held in gold frames almost as glorious as the feeling you felt when you exchanged vows. You don’t even need to spend a fortune to get amazing frames. You can find retailers of cheap picture frames in the UK and recreate the magic on a budget.

In many nations, traditional photo frames are the obvious choice to display loved ones who have passed on. Photo frames are also the common choice in galleries and memorial halls. Photo frames offer stillness and uninterrupted time to gaze and reminisce through and appreciate the value of a single photograph.