Today I finished organising and culling my photo collection. It was a long project that took several months to complete. I started with 25,000 photographs and when I finished everything today I had 10,700 pictures on my hard drive. I could probably tidy up a bit more at the ancient end of the collection, but it’s good enough. It’s a satisfying way to end the year.
Photos that I might want to share publicly are very rare before 15 years ago. The photo above is only one of 5 that I marked as good from 2006. Photos of friends and family are valuable, of course, but only to me.
I don’t usually make new year resolutions because I can never keep them. But yesterday I wrote down a few photography guidelines to follow in the new year and for years after. (Maybe). I want to use more film, but film and developing are wicked expensive. So I’m only going to use film when I’m going out to make photos of something in particular. No more cat photos and no more carrying a film camera when I’m just out for a walk. I got back five rolls of film yesterday and there were too many frames wasted on nothing. I can use a digital camera if I feel the urge to go out and click away. There is always a phone in my pocket and that’s fine for snapshots. Other guidelines include things like using a tripod whenever possible and not rushing to finish a roll of film. I tend to rush the end of a roll because I want to get it to the lab and see how I did.
What else am I thinking about at the end of this year? I have to lose some weight. I’m not fit to look at. I’d also like to be more organised and diligent. I’m great at making schedules and plans but not very good at following them. I guess there are a million things I need to change about myself, but I’ll never get around to them. I’ll just have to choose one or two and see what I can do about those.
Happy New Year.