Moments in life happen so fast that it seems like nothing is taking place at all. Reality appears to be unexceptional at the time, as we move on quickly each day of our life. But the truth is that these moments shared with others help us become who we are meant to be. We only understand the truth of these moments much later when we reflect on the path of our lives. Human interaction creates a unique journey leading to a personal identity we all try to craft for ourselves.

I started this project born out of the rejection of my Internet tech path. The Internet in my opinion has failed to deliver the new era of humanity we all envisioned in the mid 1990’s. I was an industry leader then and all of us thought that Internet tech would build a new utopian path of connectivity for the world. The reality turned out much differently than expected.

The theme back then was connectivity, and for me it still is. I believe tech can deliver connectivity, but to me the Internet should be left behind. The marriage of moments with tech is best served by a different path for delivering meaning - a move back to print.  

A couple months back I was struggling when a friend passed away. When I talked to my son, Michael, who lives in Germany, he described a similar point in his life. He said that at that time he started to look at his photos because “photos help us remember who we are.” This struck me as so simple and I saw a way to capture this thinking without the Internet - one that will last 300 years. The focus of the books I produce is to capture moments with photography and use text to describe the FEEL of living the moment. 

The digital world has each of us taking lots of photographs without understanding the meaning of the moments in our own lives. The Internet creates a viewing experience that is too fast, too unedited and way too temporary. My path is to listen to people who want to capture an autobiography version of their life, and create a permanent in-depth record, moment by moment, for future generation to enjoy.

Christopher Caffee
Founder - Archive Real Life

Photo - Christopher Caffee / Outward Bound / Salida, Colorado 1974