The importance of reviewing old photos:
First of all, the benefit of looking at your old photos:
Appreciation and gratitude for how far you’ve come in your photography.
I believe a life in which you don’t feel appreciation or gratitude isn’t worth it.
A life we cannot remember isn’t a meaningful life.
Old photos you still very like
Generally speaking, the older our photos (and still like) are our best photos.
For example, if I really like this photo I shot 7 years ago, it is still probably a very good photo.
But if I shot a photo a month ago which I really like, it isn’t certain it is a good photo.
We need to let our photos sit and marinate for long periods in order to truly know how good they are.
Time revels all things
When I look at my old photos, I love them. Why? I love my naïveté and childlike approach to shooting.
The goal? Authenticity, directness, and “truthiness”(genuineness) in your approach to photography. To truly shoot what you care for.
I’ve finished looking through practically all of Robert Capa’s photos, and I’m impressed. His longevity— even though he shot nearly 80 years ago— his photos still resonate with me.
Why? The focus on humans and humanity. His closeness and directness.
Never stop editing and distilling your photos
Your photos are like a fine whiskey, or a good jar of Kimchi. Generally the longer we let our photos sit, marinate, and ferment, the better.
Photos you once thought were great might no longer resonate with you. But photos you once thought were “meh”or mediocre might speak to you greatly now!
Play the long game.