A STORYTELLER- A PONGAPORTER

The telling and sharing of stories
through crowd-sourcing

Clare Moore as a young man
Prudence Helme cabinet card photogrpah
Muriel Moore and her three brothers in the snow
Dinner out in a restaurant in the 1940s
Clare and Esther Moore on a plow.
Celebrating a birthday with the grandchildren lined up in age order.
The cabinet card. Robert and Lydia Moore
Esther Alice Longworth Helme
Muriel and three of her brothers.
John Joseph Helme

All the above photographs have hidden stories to tell. The sad thing is that most photographs like these get tossed into a box or stuck into an album or banished to a shelf in the back of some closet only to be discovered when the person who tossed it on the shelf is gone. Maybe by YOU!

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2007-2008-2009
2005-2006
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014-retirement-trip
2015-2016
2016-troopy-trip
2017
2018
2018-France
2017-Stephen
2019

Then that inspiration takes hold. Overtakes you. Scan all those photos, get digital. Share the images with family, add in your best storytelling (what you can remember), this will be great....BUT WAIT??? Isn't that going to get a tad expensive? 

It's completely true that online photobook publishing is an absolute blast for us creative types, even the not so creative types can get into it and do beautiful work, hence why it's so popular... but if you want to share those photobooks, by share I mean publishing additional copies... get ready to pull out your wallet. Cause it's gonna get expensive. 

Oh... and the other thing... if you make a mistake... ka-ching, ka-ching, another copy. And, should you find out discover interesting really fabulous, or scandalous, about the people in the family album and want to include it, yup...
ka-ching, ka-ching, one more time.

Then I went one further... created an all singing all dancing deluxe Family Ancestry album, in photobook style.

And would you believe it? The first printed copy arrived with a very inappropriate typo... a not suitable for grandma to read kind of typo... back to the printers. Got the second copy at the exact moment I received some wonderful information that I also wanted to include in the book. Back to the printers?

 

Ah no... back to the drawing board is more like it... actually... back to the Storyboard.

The Family Album meets
the Storyboard

Stories have always been passed down through the generations. Shared and sometimes embellished through time and through the memories of more than just one person. Any of the above examples, while very pretty sitting on a coffee table or bookshelf, can't do that. They can't be shared with more than one person at time or embellished on.

It's happened to me and my siblings, same event, different memory.

Introducing Ponga Pictures

Ponga organizes your uploaded photos.. You identify a face once, and Ponga remembers it.

Ponga is more than just a shared album of photographs. Much more.  Add in documents, historical and geographical links and shared stories... and you have an album that your guests and family members will visit often. This is pure genius.