Here’s another casualty of the digital age. For more than 30 years, this little storefront on Albany’s Ellsworth Street had been the home of Shutterbug, a camera and photo processing business. A generation of family photos got developed and printed here, and the prints remain crammed in albums that provide a look back — and a good deal of entertainment — on holidays when the next generation gathers. “You looked like that in the seventies?” “That’s you, really?” “You had hair?”
In recent years the shop provided excellent digital service as well, including the copying of aging prints so that they might survive for another century, or as long as digital devices last. It was also a great place to get a couple of decent passport photos taken and finished in just a few minutes.
But time and technology, alas, march on, and people now longer have need of some of the photographic services that this shop provided. What we can’t do ourselves is fill a shop with machines, merchandise, friendly help and good advice where pictures are concerned. And now we have the unhappy result: another empty storefront in a downtown district that already has far too many.
A sign on the door says the place closed on Jan. 30 and Linda, the manager, has moved to a Shutterbug outlet in Salem, Her remaining customers are sorry to see her go, and we wish her luck. (hh)