Organising my old photographs (prints that is..digital is a whole other task) is something I have been putting off for a long, long time.
It's such an emotional thing looking through old photgraphs, isn't it.
And there are so many of them!
They record the passing of time and change over time. Photos of how we used to look (younger!), of people who died too young, of events which will never happen again, of places I loved which no longer exist....it would be easy to be overwhelmed by this job. But I've decided that a collection of beautiful and happy memories of loving times, friends and family, laughter and achievements will be a joy to have. Most of the photographs are happy. We casual, non professional photographers tend only to take photographs on happy occasions thankfully! They record the people, places and moments in time that mean most to us.
That thought gave me a starting point - if a photograph doesn't evoke any feeling, I can let it go.
If I don't recognise who is in it, or where it is, I can let it go.
If it makes me feel unhappy to look at it, I can let it go.
Any suggestions as to other criteria for keeping or letting go?