I haven’t been very active of late, but that’s because I’ve been busy reorganising and slimming down my entire photo library.
Yes, I’ve finally gotten round to deleting 15 years’ worth of badly composed, poorly exposed, out of focus, dull, superfluous and “what the hell was I smoking when I took that” type of shots. It does seem that when I first got into digital photography, I hardly used to delete anything at all.
Thankfully, I’m a bit more selective and discerning these days, though that’s partly because I shoot exclusively in RAW and file sizes are so much bigger now – memory cards, hard drives and cloud space doesn’t exactly grow on trees you know! So far I’ve gotten my collection down from almost 24,000 to around 8500, which is not bad going. Still, I reckon I could probably slim it down further, but that’s enough for now!
Anyway, despite being an incredibly laborious and time consuming process, I’ve actually rather enjoyed doing it. It’s been a nice trip down memory lane and it’s made me realise how much I’ve improved in both taking and editing photographs over the years.
But I’ve also discovered a significant number of images that I’d like to revisit when I get the chance – either because I originally overlooked or dismissed them or because I’d like to have another go at the post-processing.
Well, here’s the first of that bunch – a shot I took back in 2004 on a wet evening in central Amsterdam. It’s far from being technically perfect, though it does has a nice vibe to it thanks to the colourful lights and reflections and a sense of movement. But what draws me to this shot is the man in the bottom right staring directly at the camera. There’s something haunting and ghostly about his expression, an impression that’s exaggerated by the presence of a water droplet that just happens to coincide with his face.