I keyworded and archived all the photos from the Frye Apartments. Now I'm in the middle of printing out contact sheets from a bunch of directories I keyworded/archived earlier. Printing contact sheets is boring, especially since I haven't done it regularly in the past and there are HUNDREDS to print. Sheesh! And why? Will I ever, honestly, go back and say, look at that forgotten gem!, get it off the DVD, process it and post it? I doubt it.
The intro to Arrivals and Departures talks about how the book was posthumously constructed from his contact sheets and archives. I also read about an architectural photographer in LA (whose name I forget) who's been working for close to 50 years. He's saved every 4x5 negative he's ever taken, cross indexed and referenced. He's specialized in houses. Guess what: You do that for 50 years, and you have a remarkable warehouse of information that can be mined for archtectural trends, urban development, just about anything you can think of.
I think the keywording and reviewing is being worthwhile. I'm finding more neon, for instance, and have created a couple categories for projects I might research further. And seeing how my workflow has changed, and what I consider interesting to photograph. I think I've said that before.
It's just that it's boring to print out the contact sheets. Okay, fine.