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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.