What do you do when you are presented with 30 seemingly arbitrary images and asked to archive them, expanding on the collection with additional images as needed?
My initial response is to group them by categories—forms of transportation, signs, landscapes, etc. However, this quickly leads to overlap, which is to be expected. Categorizing anything is never perfect—images always manage to break the restraints of categorization.
I also feel compelled to trace the lineage of the individual photographs, either through electronic metadata or through formal comparisons. In this sense, I doubt whether I would actually arrive at any truthful conclusions as to who created the images. However, I think there is value in constructing a counter-archival narrative, in which stories about who made the images, where and why, what they depict and how old the are can be attributed. Maybe the images would even leave the electronic realm and (once again) become tangible photographic prints.