Hopefully I’m not the only person who has happened to look back at their old work and think – “what was I doing?”. I guess it’s one of the perks of being in the creative industry – especially when you are your own art director. Your vision changes. Over time. As you get older, or more experienced in life (yes. i said that), things start to influence you differently and looking back, you see things differently to what you do now.
With that being said, I took on the challenge of re-editing my old work. At least, the work I was most proud of back then & thought would work with my new style; my new vision. I was rather surprised to see how much of it actually worked and that after all – the photo itself is nothing i can change, just how I processed it.
It was incredibly satisfying to see a picture that I once loved so much and then, grew tired of; so much so that I didn’t like it anymore, come back to life with a new style & something that speaks to me a lot more than what it did previously. I would definitely recommend anyone to give it a go. Find a few pictures of your work that you liked (and even the ones you’re tired of now) and give it a go. Try re edit them. Play around with it. After all – your creativity is your only limitation.
Unfortunately for me however, a lot of my original raw files were gone – so in some cases, I had only the final JPG to work with which meant drastic editing such as converting it to Black & White, and then re colouring it bit by bit. It wasn’t so bad actually 🙂