I am not naturally a tidy person and my photo library — both physical negatives or slides and images on my computer — is a bit of a muddle.
But with the severe drought we are experiencing over most of Australia, there are few of those rainy days when I am stuck indoors and I have the “opportunity” to tackle onerous tasks such as clearing out cupboards or sorting the photo library. As a result, the muddle continues.
Actually the Lightroom library on my Mac is in reasonably passable shape although it is very big and finding individual photos is becoming increasingly difficult. In a half-hearted and belated attempt to limit the size of the library two years ago I started deleting all the photos I decided were not useful after a trip. But after doing this for two trips I decided that it was too time consuming and, very fortunately, discontinued the practice.
I was searching for a particular photo in the Lightroom library recently and I came across the series I had taken in Myanmar last year. I had previously thought that after the Myanmar trip I had really worked over all the usable photos but a closer look at the complete set revealed a few gems —either those I had missed previously or some which would benefit from different processing.
Perhaps this is the photographic equivalent of the people who go out to old mine sites and work over the mullock heaps — the spoil from the mines — looking for nuggets or gems the miners had missed.
The availability of affordable and more sensitive metal detectors has encouraged more and more amateur prospectors to work the mullock heaps on mines across Australia. Few find anything of value but sometimes they strike really lucky. If you want to see what a big nugget of gold looks like, check this short video.
Anyway, this is a belated selection of bonus photos from Myanmar 2018. Finding these has encouraged me to go through other rejected photos — my photographic mullock heap. Not every egg is a bird but it seems that there are more eggs with birds in them than I thought.
As I am fortunate still to be able to go globetrotting, I am constantly adding to my photo library and the latest images always seem more interesting than the older ones. However, the day will inevitably come when my globetrotting will be restricted or totally curtailed and then I will be glad that I kept all those images and I can spend some time usefully in picking out a few more nuggets.
The lesson to be learnt from all this is that fresh photographic inspiration may not have to wait for the next excursion with the camera. It may already be lurking undiscovered on your hard drive.