I don't know about you, but often as a maker / creative type, I am so focused on bettering my skills & moving forward, that I tend to discount the value of work I've created in the past. In looking at past work with the knowledge of today's eyes, minor flaws can become glaring beacons of ignorance. -Not very kind to my previous self to be sure, but I am certain I'm not the only one who falls into this trap!
Recently, when I came upon this photo in my archives, I discovered that these eyes with today's perspective can have the opposite effect as well. This particular image has been living on my hard drive for 3 years, & has never seen the light of day. The purpose of the shoot at the time was to teach myself about layering different light sources, & I instantly wrote off the images as simply the results of an exercise. Now I see not only the layered light, but hey - that's a decent composition, & check out how nicely the cool blues play off of the warm golden yellows - not bad 3 years ago self, not bad at all!
Do you ever review your early work? Give it a try! You may just find a treasure or two that will make you want to reach back in time & give yourself a long overdue pat on the back.