Every once in a while I find myself reviewing pictures I have shot over the years. Sometimes I think to myself, "I should look at pictures I've taken." Other times I just find myself looking for one picture, but then I can't stop myself. Looking for pictures for my last blog post, I found something interesting.
I saw a picture that I used to love, a picture I re-edited to put on my website because I liked it but was too lazy to plug in my portable hard drive to get the original edited version. It's a picture of the spiral staircase at the Vatican. I took the picture in the summer of 2007 and uploaded a slightly edited version when I returned home from my trip.
Here's what I found interesting: my editing style changed quite noticeably. It got me to thinking about the evolution of personal photographic style. I guess in retrospect it's not terribly surprising that I would edit the image differently. I am using Lightroom now, and I don't even recall what I was using then, although my hunch is that it was Photoshop. And yes, I just said "hunch."
Not only do I revisit photographs I have taken, but I also return to locations where I took photos previously. If you know me, then you know that I visit NYC. A lot. And if you don't know me, you know now at least that about me. Well, one of my favorite subjects to photograph is buildings, and one of my favorite buildings is the Chrysler building, especially at night. I've spent many a cold NYC night using various random make-shift tripods trying to get a shot of the Chrysler building.
Has my photography improved over the years or has it just changed? I'd like to think that it is ever improving and that I am ever growing. But I guess that is in the eye of the beholder...