Annihilation is an existential fear: the common—but sharply overdrawn—fear that some part of you dies when you stop making art. And it’s true. Non-artists may not understand that, but artists themselves… understand it all too well. The depth of your need to make things establishes the level of risk in not making them.
… Brett Weston, a virtual case study in annihilation, for decades maintained in his home an ongoing exhibition of a dozen or more of his photographs, none of which was ever more than six months old. p. 32, 33