[ad_1]LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK It's that time of year where I start reflecting on what has been and thinking about what is to come. I reflect over the past year, select my favourite photos and consider where I will take my photography in the coming year. Or better yet, where will it take me? This is also the time of year I have my photography existential crisis.
I have selected my top 9 photos for the year. These are not technically the best photos I took, not the ones that got the most likes but are the ones that mean something to me, that I personally like more than the others. Here they are. In these 9 photos you will find - 2 intimate landscapes, 2 environmental portraits, 2 wallabies, 1 Ansel Adams inspired landscape, 1 inspirational image and, of course, 1 dinosaur. These were taken with a Fujifilm XT10, XT100, XT2 and XT3 digital cameras and a Pentax Z1-p film camera using AgfaVista 200 speed film.
Just for kicks I have also attached the instagram top nine images of 2018. These are my images that got the most likes on Instagram. Notice the difference between what I like and what others like on Instagram?
Which leads me to the existential part, the 'What next?'.
This year the 'What next?'. is particularly frustrating. I am increasingly asking myself 'What is the purpose of this image?' or 'What story am I trying to tell?' and even 'What feeling does this image evoke?'. I am becoming less interested in creating a pretty picture. I see so many pretty pictures - technically perfect, ND filtered, multi-stitch panorama, popping Milky Way with torch-lit foregrounds and in epic locations on social media that I have become desensitized to them. I suppose this is a logical progression from my exploration of intimate landscapes over the past couple of years looking for the beautiful in the ordinary as well as a rekindled interest in film photography. This makes a little sense to me but you may be scratching your head with no idea what I am talking about. Photography is a deeply personal endeavour and it's a primary means of expression for me. Clearly, communicating in writing is not. My apologies if this makes no sense.
So, I'm still scratching my head wondering what direction my photography will take in 2019. Cecilia and I have a couple of photography projects on the horizon that we are currently designing but other than that I'm not sure where it will go. I suspect I'll get less 'likes' on Instagram as I look for meaning and artistic merit in photography :-). I hope you stay along for the journey.
May you and your family have a Happy Holiday season.
LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK - SILM DUSTY "Looking forward, looking back I’ve come a long way down the track Got a long way left to go Making songs, from what I know
Making sense of what I’ve seen All the love we’ve had between You and I, along the track Looking forward, looking back
There are strange days Full of change on the way But we’ll be fine, unlike some I’ll be leaning forward, to see what’s coming
Looking forward, looking back I’ve come a long way down the track Got a long way left to go Making songs, from what I know
If I’m alone at night, I can see Through all the triviality Of the day and I’m okay I just think of those who are dear to me
Looking forward, looking back
I’ve come a long way down the track
Got a long way left to go
Making songs, from what I know
Making songs, from what I know
Looking forward, looking back..."