revisiting older work

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.

It’s worthwhile to be excited about work that we’ve done in the past – not because it’s fresh and new, and not because the romance is overwhelming us with enthusiasm. It’s reasonable to be excited about revisiting our older work because of all the things we’ve learned along the way.
— Brooks Jensen, Lenswork, No. 132 October 2017, “Your Older Work”

Perhaps our new skills, technology, or artistic maturity can breathe new life into older and often forgotten work.