So here’s the scenario.
I have my card in its reader in my computer. Instead of doing what I usually do — copying the pictures from the card to the newly-created photo folder, I use “move to” instead.
The Duke barks. My finger slips. The photographs disappear. Where did they go? They had to go somewhere, right? So you look in all the logical places: the download file, the last folder you opened. No pictures. So I look in the “default” photo locations which I never use, but they are empty. The pictures I took were of our tree, so I can take them again. It’s not that I’m going to lose treasured, impossible-to-replace photos but I really wanted to know where they went.
For all you Mac users? The same things happen on Macs and PCs. Those accidentally “dropped” pictures disappear. No amount of searching unearths them. This has happened to me maybe half a dozen times over the years. I’ve gotten very careful about copying photos, not “moving” them. If you copy them, the originals stay on the card. When you move them, they vanish.
I spent a couple of hours trying to figure out where the pictures might have gone. I tried looking them up by date (“today”) and by name (“Christmas-Tree-2022”) and I eventually got one link. When I tried to open it, it was black, blank and unreadable.
Somewhere on this — and on every computer I’ve ever used — exist hundreds of photographs that disappeared. Where did they go? That had to go somewhere, right? I re-took the pictures but it’s hard for me to accept that pictures really disappeared. Somewhere in time, somewhere in virtual space … my pictures are somewhere. The one place they aren’t is here.
Don’t you hate when that happens?