Ask me sometime how I was able to wipe out about 40% of my digital archive with one careless mistake. By the way, this happened two days ago, not at the dawn of digital tech. This was not the act of a careless young man.
It sounds less catastrophic when I say that it was simply a reformat gone astray. The hard truth is that I accidentally erased a giant drive containing all my film scans and digital captures from 2002 to 2014.
The good news is that I have multiple backups, all of which are current. That means no data was lost. However, the restoration is ongoing and will eventually involve about 48 hours of low-level anxiety.
Luckily, my archiving system isn’t just belt and suspenders. It also contains duct tape, baling wire, and other rigging to support my feeble brain.
An old flight instructor one told me that it’s great to be smart but better to be lucky.
Look who is lucky now.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.