Young boy in Kirkenes Norway standing in a parking space with a bucket over his head
It may come as a surprise to some that I actually did go through with deleting my images. I guess many took it for a marketing stunt, I would back out at the last moment and not go through with it. I was raised to keep my word and so I did. It was no gimmick. It was no marketing stunt. It was only an end of an era. Some thing I felt I needed to do in order to be able to start over. So what now. What comes next.
As I stated in earlier post "killing your babies" I did not intend to delete All my images even though I deleted most of my images. It is impossible to delete them all as they are scattered on this and thad time machines online as well as blogs and hard drives here and there. I guess I don’t have to worry about those being on a floppy disk. Almost no one can read them by now and those on Cd or DVD disk will soon destroy them self by breakdown of the material even though last time I did a move from DVD to hard drives I was surprised of how little data was lost. But this was 8 years ago.
8 years ago I moved everything I had moved from floppies on to dvd over to hard drives. Now those hard drives are mostly some where in storage and have not been touched since then. They are therefore on auto destruction, there is nothing I can do to stop that medium becoming obsolete and in the end the medium will destroy it self and become unusable. So my images on those disks will become inaccessible.
You might be seeing where this is heading. Some of my earliest film are already destroyed because of improper handling or insufficient fixing or washing in the early days. The material in Slide films and even some color negative films is an organic material that will eat it self up with time if not frozen down or at least kept in a very cool place. So those are being destroyed slowly each and every day.
Now I had digitized a lot of images but lot of images take a lot of space and they need a lot of care. To be able to give them the care they need I would have to invest both in time and online or off line spaces and upgrade regularly. For that the images would have to pay for them selfs. As they are not doing so and they have become a costly burden on me as well as timely burden I decided to move them out of the way and make space for to nourish those that I really really really want to concentrate my time and effort on. Those are mostly my fine art work of black and white nature. I am keeping them. Those are the type and style of images I started out doing and those are the type of images I still like doing. The rest was mostly commercial things meant for sale and even though I have gotten great response to the images and them been praised and god knows what, the sales just don't match up to the effort. I don't care weather i sell my black and white or my art images or not. I care fore them, they mean something special to me because they are more then often based on some special experience in my life or show my vision.
Those images I will keep and what is more I will keep on doing such images but it will not be priority any more. My current priority is my new business adventure with in leatherwork