I was scrolling through a subfolder in my photography folder and decided to revisit some photographs I took in Malibu in the summer of 2008. I didn't expect to find anything I would want to post because I remembered the photos as not being very good.
The first one I noticed was this one of two girls on the beach. I was drawn to how their feet blended into the sand as if they were trees growing out of it. I also like the angle. And that I froze the moment in time where the hoodie girl is taking a polaroid of her friend blowing a bubble. I then made the decision that this would be the photograph I would post today. I was completely happy with this decision and thought that was that.
But then I saw another shot and opened it in Photoshop. I liked this one even more than the first one, while remembering I really thought this whole shoot was a pile of useless photos. I really didn't remember any of the photographs being worthy of an audience.
So I kept checking out the photographs. I opened the next one. What is going on here? I am now loving these pictures that I thought were crap. I love the light, the quality of the water, the color, the wave, the textures and the moment...especially the kid on the left and almost out of the frame.
Here are two more from the series of these people playing in the ocean.
And finally (only because I stopped looking) there was this one that I don't even remember taking.
My one-shot blog post turned into harvesting six pictures that I initially found disappointing. Now you know why I never throw my photographs away. The way we perceive our work can change from one day to the next. And it can really change when it's been several years since the images have been viewed.
I think how we see and judge visual things, in this case photographs, is extremely dependent on mood. So hang onto what you shoot, even if you think it's crap. In seven years when you revisit those photographs, you might find something you love.