I’ve never considered myself a hoarder but when it comes to photography, I may need to re-evaluate this self-perception. I still have my first camera along with my first negatives and prints from my very first school assignments and the beginning of my photography career.
I always wonder what other photographers do with their old work such as negatives from the beginning of their career. How long should I really keep this stuff? Sometimes you just don’t feel very proud of old photographs. Of course I have learned a lot since taking my first images, and it is nice to track my improvement, but I really just dislike some of my earliest work. At the same time though, I just don’t have the heart to throw the negatives out. I mean, at one point I was really proud of these images!
My internal debate has manifested itself in an excessive pile of boxes holding old work. I know I need to do something but I just can’t decide! So, help me clear my conscience. Do you throw all your old stuff away?