In getting organized to move, I’ve been going through all the stuff I have. The best method I came up with was to make a binary decision: Keep or Toss. That is really hard, since I don’t want to end up throwing away some reference book that I could use for my writing, or some other item that I wish I still had. For example, I practically gave away a wind-up safety razor at a garage sale. It was really cool. It had a knob on the bottom that you would wind up, and the whole thing vibrated. I could kick myself for doing that, now that I am shaving with a safety razor.
I decided to add a third category to my binary decision process: Storage. Perhaps one day I will go through the things I stored with another iteration of Keep/Toss decision making.
I firmly believe in Sturgeon’s Law, which states “90% of everything is crap.” Getting rid of the 90% would make me look like a genius. The question becomes, “Can I determine which is the 10% that isn’t crap?” Everyone has different tastes, and one person’s 10% is not the same as another’s. I could rely on my own taste, but what if that changes?
Choice of a photo
I chose a photograph of my older brother, looking at one of his portraits that I had previously taken. I was trying to capture Mike’s reaction, to see if he recognized himself. Mike is low functioning, autistic and has never spoke.
Here is the picture I showed last time.
It doesn’t appear that he has any reaction or if he even notices his portrait.
In my look through my photos, I found the one below, where he seems to have a slight smile. He is actually holding the picture, but his eye, the one we can see, doesn’t seem to be looking at the picture.
But he could have been looking at it with his other eye. His eyes don’t seem to work together. Could he have been looking toward me with one eye while looking at his portrait with the eye? That alien concept is not apparent in the photograph above.
I don’t know if I chose correctly the first time. Normally, a photograph shows the relationship between the subject and the photographer. However the photographer, as editor, has the final say about which photographs are displayed. This choice says more about the photographer than anything else. Maybe I was trying to show my brother’s disconnection in the first photo. Now I like the second photograph better, if only for the fact that Mike is literally connected to his portrait.
Given my change of mind, I think I should save all my photos.