Since I went back into photography 15 years ago, I have not intentionally deleted any images, and I have even kept images from the previous period before that. I learned that deleting images was never a good idea, not as I sit in front of over 20TB of storage, and I know that I still have more in the attic and office.
If you have space, and let’s face it, storage is relatively cheap, why delete any images? If you look through books, none of the classic photographers disposed of any negatives, and now the work in many cases has more reverence and a place today than when it was taken. Like a vintage bottle of wine, sometimes images get better with time.
I have featured this set of images in the behind-the-scenes section of the website. The images were used once and then archived, but I also sent out the pictures to other magazines for submission. One of the magazines finally decided to run the images as an editorial.
The images have a fresh lease of life, and now I can see them proudly used again. Honestly, I often browse through previously archived images, especially in writing this blog, and it helps me keep a steady flow of content. To actually shoot just for the blog would be quite a challenge; however, pat shoots which are archived and now standing me in good stead to keep the blog interesting.