At first I didn’t know what started my obsession with keeping photos. It started long before I became an actual photographer. No, this problem began around the mid-2000’s decade. When digital imaging started to get better. However we could never afford a decent camera and the Megapixels still weren’t great then. Which means most of the photos I have of my daughter are hard copy. And all of the young photos of my oldest are hard copy, some even scrapbooked.
I think I started saving every digital picture I took when I got my first REAL camera, a Nikon d50.It was then when I started taking more professional pictures of not only my kids but my whole life.
As much as I knew I was a natural I still had outtakes that I kept. Like ALL of them. I think not having a camera for so long led me to believe that I had to save everything because I couldn’t just “quickly” view photos prior to that. It was going through stacks of prints. It wasn’t until we overhauled our main PC and had to delete everything on 3 hard drives that I finally saw how much of a problem I had. What is worse is that every single GOOD photo I have shared is online in more than one place usually so I don’t even NEED a copy on my own drives. Losing data on the drives was a blessing in disguise.
I was telling my husband the other day about my hoarding and he mentioned that it seemed I was living my life through the digital images instead of remembering actually being there. He has a point. I take a lot of photos because that is who I am but I have no idea why I didn’t get rid of photos that are blurry and not that great. THOUSANDS OF THEM.
I am doing a lot better now, with new photo editing software and actual paying clients I am working on streamlining and getting rid of any image that is not print worthy either professionally or just a candid shot. And since many photos I take only exist digitally I am going to work on getting more albums printed too.
Do you secretly hoard photos on your hard drives too?