Do you remember every photograph?

I always kind of thought that I would remember every photo I've ever taken. Especially a portrait. But I guess don't.

The other day Sophia told me that the props were being created for the movie we're working on (Magnetic, I'm the DP) by a woman who I had photographed before. I didn't recognize the name and googled her and found the Boston Phoenix article (here) with my photo of her. It took me a while, minutes, trying to place that shoot and the scenario in my head. I had no recollection of it. None. How could that be? I really thought I remembered every shoot I've done, or at least remember the image created ... Then I slowly started to remember the shoot. It was somewhere in the back of Avalon or Axis and I was with Kristen, the art director of the Phoenix. I think it must have been one of the first freelance gigs I got from her after I quit my job as a designer there. 

This is the photograph I didn't remember taking for the Phoenix in August 2005.

This is the photograph I didn't remember taking for the Phoenix in August 2005.

I don't why it's surprising to me that I don't remember all my photographs, or even all my assignments. I shoot a ton. I shoot hundreds or even thousands of photos a week sometimes. But it's weird to see a photo that you've been told you took, and then have to really really dig deep and think about it before it even feel remotely familiar. 

I wonder what percentage of photographs I remember taking. I wonder if I would remember anything if I didn't photograph it!