Here are two photos from 2006, the earliest date of my digital images that I could find. I started making digital photos in 2004 but when I changed my PC in 2006, I didn’t bother transferring any files across (though I did come across some old CDs which may have something on them). Both of these photos were taken with a small 5MP point & shoot Sony camera. It wasn’t bad in its day. I am posting these images as a follow-up to the last post where I wrote about my finding some lost photos which I had once thought were great only to discover that they were no longer to my standard. These two photos are a little like that too. I once thought they were great, my best even, but not so much now. I remember feeling so elated when I made these images. I’d shot a series of four (not sure where the other two went) and felt quite chuffed with myself. Now I don’t feel the same way about them. It’s not to say that they are bad. I still think they work as photographs but looking at them now, I feel that the sun is way too high in the sky which creates some inconsistency with the mood rendered by the silhouetting and the warm, sepia tones. That’s something I didn’t notice back in 2006 but which, interestingly, I find annoying now.
This makes me wonder what I will think of the photos I make today in ten or twenty years time. Hopefully I won’t like them so much, hopefully I will find something annoying about them, hopefully they will make me say “what was I thinking?”. After all I’d hate to think that there was no more room for change in perception, discernment and refinement. Such change, for better or for worse depending on who’s the judge, is one of the things that makes life interesting.