Sometimes you have to look back…

…to see how far you’ve come….

…and to see just where you need to go.

All of these photos were taken at least five years ago… if not more. I am sharing them now because the other day I had to dig through an old hard drive for something, and because I dig through old hard drives the same way I dig through my closet, I got lost looking in each folder. Before I knew it, several hours had gone by and I was still pulling out photo after photo and trying each one on again for size.

Luckily I was able to write-off my nostalgic meandering down memory lane because of my Photo of the Day album on my facebook page. Because I decided to try and post a photo every day, I thought it would be fun to share some of my old favorites that helped lead me to where I am, as a photographer, today.

Sometimes on the roller-coaster of photography, I get lost and insecure about the path I am on, especially as we transition from the blur that was summer, in to the shortening days of fall, and eventually in to the quiet days of winter. The transitions make me wonder how much longer I can endure the uncertainty of photography, with all its highs and lows of emotions and money.

And then, these old photos stand up like long lost friends and remind me that I really have come a long, long way… and if I am lucky then I still have a long way yet to go. They also tell me that if I am smart then I will start using 35mm black and white film again, because there really is nothing like it.

To see more Photos of the Day click this public link:

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. Paige, you’re right on about 35mm film (nothing like it). I miss my darkroom.


  2. paige! i love these!! so refreshing to hear your thoughts because i go though the same thing. i’ll be coming up soon and will give u a holler.


  3. I have a strong urge to caption all of these photos. Amazed at how far you’ve come. And am always amazed that you keep getting better even when I think you’ve been spectacular for a long time.


  4. Paige, when you feel insecure about the roller coaster ride….remember this: you’re way ahead of the curve in terms of talent. Stay busy and hang in there. In the words of the Three Stooges “Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Syracuse” 🙂


  5. I like reading your blog because just after I’ve been totally wowed by your photography, I get to be inspired, thought-provoked, moved, or just plain entertained by your talent for expression with words. Keep it up!


  6. and still, i’m totally surprised you have a moment of doubt: whether of your talent or profession of choice. i feel like i could guarantee that you’ve found your sweet spot and will be succeeding at this for a very long time– and life ain’t gonna prove me wrong.
    and yes, you’ve come a long way, baby.


  7. don’t doubt just keep on working, its moments like the one you have just described that should inspire you to keep on shooting. Love your work paige, always inspiring!


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