Saturday, March 31, 2018
To burn or not to burn, that is the question?
Some good, some not so good, they represent a good portion of my arc as a photographer.
I can't afford reframing so I pop old shots out and stick new ones in when I have a show, which in itself is expensive with the cost of matting.
Anyway the question is; what to do? Keep, give away or throw in the trash?
With 8 terrabyte hard drives supposedly keeping one's work extant for perpetuity or at least until the next hard drive failure, is the notion of tangible media now antiquated and a thing of the past? 7152 written posts including all my short stories with no back up. Sayonara?
Many artists have burnt their work, Baldessari and my late friend Rick Griffin being two of them. Kafka, Nabokov, Monet, Beardsley, Francis Bacon, the list is long indeed. And laudable in a strange way. I can't forget something Jerry Garcia said in a Rolling Stone interview in 1993, his wish for his artistic memory to slowly fade into dust.
I'm not putting my work at these guy's level, most of it is admittedly shit. The question is, is it worth keeping?
*anybody need a souvenir?