I spent some time revisiting images I made as part of a shoot last year. I didn’t originally intend to spend a day going back through an old Lightroom catalog, but a hard drive crash and rebuild necessitated a few hours spent reconnecting files. And in doing so I reconnected with some work I had forgotten about.
Who can say what changes in the mind as we look at works of art. Some pieces immediate grab me while others take time to “grow”. After a shoot I upload my images to a computer and do a quick sort where I pick out those that immediately appeal to me. But I have found it best to let the photographs be for a bit before passing judgement. Maybe my brain needs rest after a photo shoot, but I find first impressions need some distance. But in some cases an image that I had previously passed over speaks to me at a later date. Some connection formed in my brain where now the photo has resonance and meaning to me, whereas it had been passive before. It makes me loathe to delete older work, even though I am running out of hard drive space! Who knows what I will rediscover in a year or two?
Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH. Anisotropic Images Fine Art Photography.