A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

Cleaning Out the Digital Closet

It pays to go back and browse through your older image files from time to time.  On more than one occasion I have rediscovered a previously discarded image that I decide I now like.

I’m always amazed and puzzled when this happens.  How can an image be transformed from digital clutter/also-ran status to print?  The image, of course, was always there, unchanging, so any shift in perceived quality must lie entirely within the eye of the beholder.

I’ve also found the reverse to be true as well.  Many times my current aesthetic has de-valued images that I once held in high esteem.

I suppose it is all part of growing and evolving in your work.  Images that once seemed fresh and exciting can become stale and cliched, while others that didn’t originally meet expectations can sometimes reveal their more subtle and mysterious charms with the passage of time.

Following are two images that have recently been rescued from the digital abyss.

After the Storm

Impenetrable

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One response

  1. elmediat

    Both excellent pieces. Great sense of the contrasting conditions.

    June 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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