Recently, I was digging through my external hard drive searching for a particular picture. I went back several years, looking for the file, recalling the subject but not quite sure of the name I’d assigned to the folder. Along the way, I stopped to open folders with generic names like “Downtown” or “PhotoWalk” hoping the photo might be tucked in some general space. I never did locate the image I had in mind, but I did come across a folder from May 2014, with several interesting images that I apparently felt unworthy of further attention – no stars, labels or ratings – left as RAW files with no edits.
On this go round, I immediately saw potential in the image files and set about making a few simple edits. I couldn’t help thinking of how I’ve improved and matured as an artist so that what once seemed worthless now might be mined as a treasure.
Perhaps our new skills, technology, or artistic maturity can breathe new life into older and often forgotten work.