It seems to be that quite a few of us have felt twangs of guilt, experienced a somewhat nervous-anxiety even, over the amount of photographs we've put to one side, hidden almost, in the depths of our hard-drives. A touch of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind? Archival folders are bulging at the seams, crammed full of photographic content, and we shrug it off again as too irksome a task to contemplate at any length. That process of making the necessary changes, a.k.a. down-sizing.
With a moments serious thought though, are all of them ever going to be needed again? The flowers in our garden 2004, looked fabulous then, but we've probably gotten all the enjoyment from those photos, way back, and some beyond. Since then though, they've done nothing but be laid to rest (almost forgot about many of them didn't we?), taking up precious hard-drive space. Along-with, perhaps hundreds, even thousands of others, of a similar ilk!
That occupied sector on our computers can add up to precious gigabytes; I know, you knew that already. Is yours (computer), grudgingly expanding in girth because of more and more pics being added, week after week? Perhaps we need to be kind and start offering a little t.l.c. for this wonderful tool that keeps us in touch with the world. The very piece of techno' that has become an integral cog in the big-wheel of our new-age lifestyles.
Good news; it doesn't even need to be called hard work; just a weeny commitment, that's all. Just know up front, I'm not talking 'family' photographs. So, with no real intent or deadline, other than to try and do what's good for my computer, I've managed to very gradually DELETE volumes of old photographs. Tons of flowers, holiday landscapes, craft projects, birds. The hardest part really, was just convincing myself that it was o.k. to let go of them in the first place. We all started filing them there because we could, but who knew this hobby was going to turn into an obsession!
Hear the big MUNCH from the Recycle Bin, crunching up megabytes; it actually sounds really good. It spells freedom to your computer! I can't help but wonder though, quite where my photos have gone to now?
Notation: The original butterfly was seen as one of many pinned specimens at Sydney Museum. A little graphics play with colour hues, and a new signature came into being; I found it in my archives.