This is my mom getting kissed by a killer whale back in 1986. For those of you who’ve seen Blackfish, you know that this was a pretty ballsy move. Don’t worry, she lived to tell the tale and this photo is documentation of that crazy time my mom got picked out of the audience at Marine Land for a crazy stunt. This little Polaroid made me think about kids these days and what will happen to their memories? What if we’re documenting everything our children do on Facebook and Instagram and then all of a sudden it’s not a thing anymore? (remember MySpace?) That whale smooch happened over 3 decades ago and I’m able to hold it in my hand and look at it. I wonder if Marine Land had offered a “digital file” and my mom had purchased it, would it ever have even been printed? Would we still have access to it? Heck, it could be trapped forever on some crazy floppy disc. My point is this: yes, social media is fun, and getting digital files from a photographer seems like the best deal, but where will all those digital files be in 10, 20, 30 years? Will you have printed them? Will you still have access to them? Or will social media trends change, and hard drives die, and you’re left with nothing. I know it sounds like I’m being a Debbie Downer, but this little Polaroid really got me thinking! Nothing can truly replace the feeling of holding a real photograph in your hand. Especially one from over 30 years ago. Especially if it’s your mom…getting kissed by a killer whale. Just sayin’.