I'll be clear from the beginning: there's no progression in photography.
The word progress implies that we are moving toward a destination, that we are on a path, that whatever lies behind us was worse and whatever is ahead will be better.
If this were true, most artists and photographers would make their best work during the last years of their careers, when they are the furthest down the path, full of experience.
This is rarely the case.
Don't forget: we are always one click away from our best image.
Art is about us
The artist can improve their skills over time. This has little to do with the art they create, though.
Art comes from inside us, it's a reflection of what we think, believe, feel. It's about what moves us, what we love, what we hate, what we chase, what we fear.
Art is about us. And we don't carve paths, but rather get molded by messy and chaotic lives.
We change. We evolve.
Evolution, not progression
Perhaps, we should talk about evolving as an artist instead of progressing.
Sometimes that will mean photographing different subjects or using different post-processing techniques. Or maybe, just approaching old scenes, locations and subjects in a different way.
Whatever it is, our art should evolve with us.
Is your photography still resonating with you? Or do you feel like you've changed but your art hasn't?
That's the only way to measure our evolution.