Everyone has that picture, memory, scent, song, article of clothing, or place that is just a bit too painful to revisit. No matter how much time has passed. Too Hard To Keep provides an enormous sense of comfort, allowing people to rid these memories from one's daily life, without washing the whole experience away completely. The memory becomes a fingerprint. Tiny, minuscule, and not something you think about every day.
This is a project started by Jason Lazarus that consists of users anonymously submitting photos they deem, "too hard to keep." The photos are mailed, emailed, or texted without attribution, and the format allows for the viewer to form their own story around the images.
It is a relief to know that your memories live on the digital landscape somewhere. You can let go. You can forget if you want. Because it feels good to forget about something that is too hard to keep.
I submitted a photo a while back, not expecting to see it go up on the photo bank. I did it because I was tired of looking at a picture that reduced me to tears every time I came across it. What I didn't expect to learn was how comforting it was to know that your memory is safely buried in a warm, cozy, little place that we call the Internet. It's there, if for some crazy, random reason you need it again. It's like having insurance. Except with THTK, it's for memories, not your Honda Civic. Lazarus' project gives people space to hide what they want to get rid of, but are having difficulty with. Space that is so crucial to moving on.
Mine. Or I guess it belongs to the internet now.