Sometimes I feel like I am a photo-hoarder. I travel, create photographs, and then they just sit and collect virtual dust in my Lightroom catalog. It’s sort of like the old saying:

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

If we create a photo and never share it with anyone but ourselves, does it exist?

Of course it does, but what’s the point? I create photos for many reasons, partly because it’s a way for me to enjoy and experience things I normally would not if I were not a photographer. But the biggest reason I create photos is because I love photography. I want to make something beautiful, and it’s always nice to share beauty with others.

If you are like me, you probably have dozens (if not hundreds) of beautiful photographs on your computer with the potential to be shared online, printed and hung on a wall, viewed, and admired, by others. My entire job revolves around photography, yet it is oftentimes a struggle to carve time out of my day to process and post an image to Facebook or here on my own blog. Heck, most of the people I follow on Facebook are photographers, yet it seems like there is less and less original content shared, and the link-bait-viral-news-articles keep flooding my feed.

So let’s all band together and process, print, and share our photographs. Now is a great time to do some “Spring cleaning” by sorting through your photos to see what you may have missed the first time around.

Say NO to virtual dust!