Leaving photos.

I’m always taking pictures.

I never thought about leaving photos until my friend Becky suggested that I take a printer with me to Nepal. An LG popo pocket printer. About the size of two smartphones stacked together.

“People are taking pictures in country all the time. But then we leave with the images.” I listen to Becky often. But there were a couple barriers.

And then some friends gave me some money for the trip. And then Nancy and I bought an iPad mini, which would have an app that drives the printer. And then some people familiar with our journey said, “That’s a great idea for where you are going.”

So we bought the printer and 60 sheets of paper. The prints are about the size of a business card. They cost about fifty cents. They print in a minute or two on a printer tethered by bluetooth. Which means that you can walk a path holding the iPad and printer in one hand as you print copies.

IMG_0841I took a photo of one of our innkeeper and his wife. They smiled. And then I printed the photo, wrote a note on it and handed it to him. He laughed. He kissed the photo. He showed it to everyone.

I took a photo of a young man sitting next to me, looking at other photos on my iPad. He smiled. Then I printed a copy. He took it carefully. He looked at it closely. And he slipped it into his pocket.

I took a photo of a group I was talking with. I printed one copy. Someone quietly asked if I could print one for each of them. And so I did.

I easily used up all 60 pages. I understand the value of leaving a legacy. I underestimated the practical power of leaving photos.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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