So, why is it we take photos? Unless we are doing it to make money, promote something, then for the most part, we are taking them to remember. We do it to remember that day at the pool, or the big game, or that special moment with a loved one. We do it to remember the places we have been, the people we have seen, and the things we have done. Sadly with all the photos, gone are the days of photo albums. Sure, the occasional photo book might get made, but what we end up with are massive amounts of photo files filling up our computers.
I have those too, though I have started a massive edit project. For the past year, I have been dwindling my numbers. When I started, I had close to 20,000 images. That was after all of my early edits where I removed some photos right after every shoot. I switched from film in late 2006. Since then I know I have taken around 35,000 digital photos. I have removed tons of "junk" photos that I kept for that "one day." Through these edits I have found that "one day" will never improve some of these images, so they make their way to the digital trash can.
One of the great things about this process is seeing some images I have forgotten about; like the Image above from Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. My wife and I spent a few hours here on our Honeymoon. It was a very cool location, with an iconic lighthouse, and a tiny fishing village. The image brought back the feeling of the cool summer air way up north with the breeze blowing in from the water. I remembered the waves crashing on the rocks, and the hundreds of tourists standing everywhere around the Lighthouse. I had photos of the lighthouse, but in my edits, decided to delete them. Why? Too many tourists. This image however, this is what reminds me of Peggys Cove. The old quite fishing village, with the small boats. The calm water of the bay. A very quiet and peaceful place.
One day I will return to photograph the lighthouse. Just not during peak tourist season.