“Mechanicals,” a closeup image of a working steam tractor’s drive gears.
This image of drive gears from a steam tractor was almost never published and at one point I thought was lost forever along with a lot of my images. Two months ago I suffered a hard drive crash and gained a new brick paper weight. No problem I thought, until one late night trying to recover the images on the crashed disk I erased my other archival backup! I live in a rural area, the cost of backing up terabytes of files on the cloud is cost prohibitive. My flower images were gone, my flower photos were gone, this worked image was gone except in the unworked raw form. Luckily enough my raw images from the past two years of shooting were on another still working hard drive.