Today’s post simply represents 12 of my favorite images from the past year. Ansel Adams once said “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." So, here are 12 images from this project that I find significant. In the scope of photographic history these images do not hold much significance. They do however represent a year that provided so much more than I expected when I started this venture. Each of these images represents something special to me, something I learned, a special moment during the year, a place or a shared memory. And yes, given those parameters I could have included so many more. But 12 seemed a good number for Ansel Adams, so who am I to argue with a master.
First of all, for those of you who followed my progress I want to say Thank-you. For an artist, sharing our work is what this is all about, and without an audience to share with the process has little meaning. You are a most important part of this journey.
All in all it was a good year for me photographically. First I made many new friends simply because of our shared interest. Photography allowed me to meet new people and spend some quality time with other photographers, learning, sharing images, ideas and simply having fun.
I do believe my skills improved as well. I concentrated on a number of things. In camera trying to get things as right as possible. In processing, learning new skills and honing old ones. In printing - well let me just say that printing was the area that I found the most personal satisfaction. I have a body of prints that is growing and my printing skills improved over the course of the year as I printed each image. My photographic legacy will not now be simply a bunch of zero’s and ones posted to the web or forgotten on some computer hard drive. Printing has allowed me to re-capture the joy that I first found so many years ago when I started this journey, working late hours in a home darkroom to experience what seemed like magic when an image appeared on that piece of photographic paper. One of my images.
So this ends this project. I will continue my journey. I have so much more to learn, so much more to share. Thank you all for being a part of this adventure.