Photograph – I don’t want your
Photograph – I don’t need your
Photograph – all I’ve got is a photograph
But it’s not enough
– Def Leppard, 1983
We all love to hang on to them for sentimental reasons, but for one reason or another the vast numbers of old photos filling countless shelves across the world is one day going to have to be dealt with.
Sadly, despite being made mostly of paper, photographic prints are not generally recycled, due to the chemicals in the ink and the thin protective plastic coating. It’s possible, but one of those cases where the energy and effort spent would make it pointless. But the properties that make it hard to recycle also mean your old pictures of Aunty What-was-her-name, or the blurry shot of a mountain that could have been anywhere, can have a glorious second life!
This lends itself to a few uses for interesting and arty projects, but you can also make some useful stuff, especially if you’re handy with a sewing machine.
I first decided to make a wallet. Here is my prototype using sellotape, and here is a neater version sewed by Mrs S.H.
Mrs S.H. was quite inspired by the idea and next had a go at a storage box (she does love her boxes!). Pretty neat if you ask me.
Some more interesting projects to try could include hats and bags. I guess just be careful which photos you choose to use if you’re going to be wearing things in public!