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On being a hoarder — 6 Comments

  1. I understand the not deleting photos thing, I’m the same. I think it’s because I come from the film era, where the cost of camera, negative and processing was such that a photo would, by definition, need to be important enough to warrant the expense.
    Also, the few pictures we had from the past were precious because of their rarity, Grandparents, great grandparents etc. The older the picture the rarer they were.
    Each photo taken is unique in the terms of subject, location and time, making it almost a sacred record of history. Deleting or destroying a photo is to remove that moment for eternity. A kind of murder if you will.

    I don’t think I’m explaining myself that well, but if anyone has seen ‘shooting the past’ with Timothy Spall you’d have some idea of the power of a photo and why every single one has import.

    • I agree about the legacy of the film developing era. You could be right that it’s just an inherited instinct. Ah for the good old days of 24 exposure films!

      I hadn’t come across “Shooting the past” before. That omission will be rectified! I like Timothy Spall [as an actor] – we recently viewed “The last bus”.

  2. Looks like there are lots of us with an allergy to the delete button.

    I’ve just upgrade to a QNAP NAS as part of my system upgrade. One of the tools on there is an AI photo managers which ‘looks’ at each picture and tags it with relevant info, cat, dog, mum, dad, I apparently has Facial Recognition in there too. Not used it yet as I’m still working through my to do list and the photos are not catalogued yet.

    Now I understand there are other utilities out there that can do the same thing. Worth having a look.

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