When I was 14 years old, my mom and dad gave me a camera as a confirmation gift. I got it a few weeks before my confirmation camp, and there my story as a photographer begin.
When I was 17, my external hard drive, with all my photos from the confirmation camp, my 2 years in upper secondary school, and everything from all the fun Friday nights with my friends, broke down. Everything was gone. And that was the moment I realised that photos are not only pictures that you have. It is memories. And the grief I felt for all the photos that I lost back then, gave me the realization about how important they are.
And that is what I want to give you. It is not only pretty pictures that you can look at and be like "Wow, I look awesome, let's make this my profile picture on Facebook!". It is also that, but even more, it is a memory that you can take out in 10, 15, or even 50 years to look at, and remember everything.
That is what I want to give you.
(And also, back up your most important pictures, or buy them in prints)