I plan to keep a close eye on Jason Lazarus‘ clever online plea for all those photographs that are simply ‘Too Hard To Keep’.

Lazarus pledges to collect vernacular photographs that – leaden with emotion – must be deaccessioned from personal albums. This project combines many of the cute attractions of informal photo exchange – web-based, cathartic, bittersweet, reusable, romantic in its view of photography and with a potential for serendipity.

If you’d like to be a contributor, Lazarus explains:

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.
If needed, I can pay shipping costs to send any photos to the repository in Chicago.

Jason Lazarus
810 n Wood, 3f

Chicago, IL 60622

I am happy to answer any questions and hope this project helps you part with something in a more graceful manner.