Funny you should post this, b/c I was just whining the other day about this very topic. I’ve gotten criminally behind in my photo album (it’s in scrapbook format but it’s 95% pictures with dates/notes in the margins) and now it’s gotten to the point that I don’t know how much to include for the sake of historical accuracy, vs. do-we-really-need-to-see-that-in-the-album. I’m studying photography as a career, so I take a boatload of pictures, too.
Like, for instance, my best friend’s wedding a year and a half ago; I was a bridesmaid and I took tons of really cool pictures, as did Mr. Levins.
She’s divorcing him next month…and I’m the one who talked her into leaving the jackass so there’s no love lost here.
So…what the hell?
I think I’m going to only include the pictures of the bride and her maids…the ones of The Girls sans the groom. I really don’t want to take up five pages of my scrapbook with pictures of an asshole who’s history now.
But what about my other best girlfriend Vanessa? The one who always “commissions” me to take pictures of her and The New Love Of Her Life? She’s gone through two already and now she wants me to photograph #3. I’m very proud of my photographs, and Vanessa looks beautiful in these pictures, and none of these guys were assholes or anything. It just didn’t work out.
So what do I do with those? They’re history; I’ll never see these guys again and Vanessa herself has thrown away or stored the pictures indefinitely.
So either Vanessa thinks I’m being insensitive because all her ex-boyfriends are prominently displayed in my photo albums (and I keep my photo albums on a shelf under my coffee table because I enjoy sharing them, and her boyfriends do come over to my house), or I have to edit history and a lot of cool photography.
I also have this problem with cool pictures of coworkers in jobs I quit, people I don’t really care if I ever see again, people who were friends that didn’t work out, etc., etc…
The only given is that if I look really bad in any picture, it doesn’t go in the album; I’ll cut myself out if necessary. I usually respect friends’ wishes on this as well, even if I disagree; if they absolutely hate the picture I won’t put it in the album. Life’s too short to keep evidence of the world’s worst hair day, or the mother of all zits, or whatever.
The rest of it…I guess I’ll figure it out when I get to that “segment.”