A Few Favorite Images from 2016

I shot more images in 2016 than any previous year, about 25,000 in total. Not that many for some wedding photographers for example, but a lot for me. Not that it means anything in terms of quality, but it does make selecting some favorites for the year more tricky. Here are a few that I particularly like though:

Guatemala City, March 2016

Guatemala City, March 2016

Guatemala City, March 2016

Guatemala City, March 2016

Visiting and shooting in Guatemala was one of the highlights of my year. Aside from being part of a great team, the local people were so friendly and welcoming despite their material poverty, and rarely asked for anything. There was so much beauty and emotion, joy and pain. Only 7 days, but 7 very full and rewarding days. I'd love to go back.

Tasheka. Hoboken, New Jersey, 2016.

Tasheka. Hoboken, New Jersey, 2016.

This isn't the best technical image. It's not quite as sharp as others I shot with Tasheka in the same light (in a parking garage), but I love the sense of her being lost in thought, in her facial expression and movement of her arms.

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, September 2016

Weatherly Hillclimb, Pennsylvania, September 2016

I stumbled upon the Weatherly Hillclimb event by accident, on a weekend away from the city. I wanted to capture the anticipation of the competitors before they started their timed runs, and I think this image does that best.

Campbell. Jersey City, New Jersey, October 2016.

Campbell. Jersey City, New Jersey, October 2016.

Another portrait and a first photoshoot with Campbell in the local Liberty State Park. Again it's the subtlety of expression that I like, this time combined with the soft background colors (from some shipping containers) that complement her eyes.

Manhattan, New York, November 2016.

Manhattan, New York, November 2016.

I was experimenting with light and shadowing, using the huge shadows around Manhattan to provide contrast, and this was the shot I was most pleased with. There isn't much story so it's more a purely visual composition, but I like the shapes, the small detail of the building number and the subtle outline of the single figure.

Am I pleased with the images I made in 2016? Mostly, yes. Like many, I fluctuate between confidence and doubt, between being pleased with an image and believing I can do better. Often it's the process that I enjoy most, the act of being able to create something, to apply skills and techniques to reflect something to a viewer, or find beauty where it might not be expected. Or even just to explore and document. And as much as I do like to look back, there's always room to grow and it's the next projects that I get most excited about.