47 1/2 billion pixels.

Give or take.   That’s how many pixels I have stored over the years in one format of film or another.  Shall we take a look at them?

That actually translates into around 22,000 photos.   which equates to 1 1/2 photos per day every day for the last 40 years.

If I was to take each of those 22,000 and sit and give you just 1 minute of my time explaining the contents, it would take us a over a month to look at them all, assuming we worked every day without a break, 24/7.

You know and I know that is never going to happen.

So instead, In the next few weeks and months I thought I would pull a few random shots and try to recall the details surrounding the “exposure”.

Well they may not be that random – obviously each shot will be subconsciously vetted to determine whether there is a meaningful story behind the shot.

At that point, if there doesn’t appear to be any particular reason for saving the photo, it may well end up in the digital ‘bin’.

Wouldn’t that be drastic?   But with over half of my 1TB drive full of photos, I heither have to invest in a bigger drive or start considering making some space.

I am producing photo’s now in an exponential fashion – not surprising considering the development of photographic equipment over the years.  I have gone from deciding whether I could afford 24 or 36 exposure films, knowing that only around 30% of them would produce a decent photo, to taking 100 shots or more per day. After deleting any obviously flawed or duplicated images, this still adds up in megabytes.

Gone are the days when I had to choose from my photos due to the limited pages in my photo albums.

But wait- I can’t show 700 – 1400 holiday photos to my friends when we get back from our vacations – I still have to sit and decide which ones make it to the slideshow or facebook page.

Should I have ditched them at that point?

Nahhh.  Buy more storage – they may become useful or valuable one day…



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