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Too Hard To Keep – a photo archive by Jason Lazarus

I’ve been following the work of Jason Lazarus for a while now. I recently came across a new project he started called the “Too Hard To Keep” Archive. It is a blog in which he takes submissions from anyone in the world of photos that they have that are “too hard to keep.” he archives the photos on his blog and the respective owners can destroy their own copies because they are, in fact, too hard to keep. In his own words:

I have started an archive of photographs deemed “too hard to keep.” This may include photos or photo albums of:

ex’s, photos of deceased friends/family/pets, places/objects too hard to view again, etc. The reason you can’t live with the photo or photo album I do not need to know…
I am creating a repository for these images so that they may exist without being destroyed. You may dictate whether the images you submit to the archive are:

1. images not to be shown again, or
2. images that may be exhibited in the future with other submissions to the archive.

Here are a few of the submissions:

'too hard to keep' archive

'too hard to keep' archive

'too hard to keep' archive

this one requested “submission privacy”:

'too hard to keep' archive

Take a look here: http://toohardtokeep.blogspot.com/ and if you want to submit photos instructions are on that page as well. This archive really strikes a beautiful note.. as it hits an emotion that most humans on this earth can understand… the pain of memory. – sara cannon

2 Comments

  1. Pat says

    Interesting idea. This project is kind of in the same vein as PostSecret in that it gives people a collective to share precious memories and, ideally, to find some resolve. IMO he should adopt a policy to protect anonymity by default unless otherwise requested. Like PostSecret, I’d imagine that we’ll see a ‘too hard to keep’ book one day too. Jason should totally talk to Frank Warren (PostSecret) if he hasn’t already. 🙂

    • Sara Cannon says

      Thanks for pointing out the connection to the postsecret idea! http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ Too Hard to Keep is kind of an interesting take on that as the project is just photos. Which is more powerful? Just images or words written on something and mailed? Images leave so much more questioning, nothing is spoken out-loud. interesting.

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