Originally published Nov. 17, 2012
This week I finally sprung for a 1 Terabyte external hard drive. I’m running a 2005 Mac with a PC processor it in and only 150 GB of hard drive space. That means over the years I have accumulated a total of 7 external hard drives to store my images on.
Springing for the big hard drive means I can finally put all my best work together in one place. It will be a big job to weed out the duplicates, but in the end I will have a comprehensive body of work that is organized and easy to access.
As I begin the process of doing this task, I am reminded through quick glimpses of photos here and there of all the great things I have done in my lifetime. The people I’ve known, some still here, some have moved on. The places I’ve vacationed to, the laughs we’ve had, the experiences and holidays, as well as the natural beauty in the world. So much to be thankful for that it makes my heart feel full.
Photography is such a powerful tool. It can preserve memories for us and bring back emotions in an instant. If you are lonely this year or feeling like your list of things to be thankful for is a little short, or even if you are plenty thankful, try looking at some old photos to remember the richness and abundance life gives many of us, especially in this country.
Wishing all those celebrating it a wonderful, peaceful and very thankful Thanksgiving holiday.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.