I have taken literally tens of thousands of photographs. I last year had the shutter replaced on my camera. It was guaranteed to 200,000 clicks. I'm sure I had taken at least that many with the camera. This year I have eclipsed 10,000. The question is what to do with all these photographs? Delete. I have been dumping photographs at an ever accelerating rate. I have 4 terabytes of external hard drives sitting here on my desk filled with photographs and my camera is only 8 megapixel. But, I do own 3 other cameras. Anyway I take a lot of pics. I had a 2 terabyte drive fail last week. I did not gasp and grab my chest. I just disconnected and put it in a drawer. One of these days I will get it recovered. It is no big deal. After all since it happened I have taken about 1000 pics. I am on my way to replacing it with different photographs.
All this leads me to the question: Why? If I was taking them to because I thought they were all great I would rush off and get that hard drive recovered. I would quit deleting. Photography in the beginning was to document travels, family, things of beauty. Now it has just become a thing. I just do it. I keep looking for a new challenge. I want it to be difficult. I want to have to think about it. How will the lighting effect the mood, the pose, the setting. I want to go places where few people have been or none. I do not like standing in the same place as legions of others, unless I can do something unique. Sure I do it, but the thrill is making it different.
Wait!....I just remembered some of the pics on that hard drive. I gotta get those pics.