I like new year. It doesn't have the huge build up and anticipation of Christmas, that feeling from being a kid of an immensely special day of celebration (and, yes, getting stuff). We, as a family, don't have many associated traditions for New Year either. Each year has been very different, although I do have fond memories from various years of hiking up a hill in the Lake District as students, turning up in fancy dress with friends to a random English pub, and rushing from our apartment to the Eiffel Tower. A drink, Old Lang Syne and the Jools Holland Hootenanny on TV (England again) are probably my most familiar associations for the night itself.
It’s the looking back and looking forward that I like. I try to do a little of the same from a daily perspective in my journal but looking back over a year and planning the next one I usually find very useful, satisfying and worthwhile.
Except this year. It’s the 5th of January and I’m still going. 2017 not really reviewed, 2018 not really planned. No photobook of selected images, no real resolutions.
Maybe my memory isn’t good enough to review a whole year. I started looking back through my images from last year, and found I’d forgotten so many. Instead of pulling out a few favorites I started thinking about what else I could do with some of the images. Ways of pulling some together, the stories they tell. Diving down rabbit holes of ideas, not getting much closer to selecting any absolute favorites.
Stuff, as always, is a bit easier. Fujifilm, of course, and my trusty X-T1 taking over from the old X-T10. Mostly Godox and Westcott now for lighting. And back to iPhone from Android.
2018 is a tricky one to plan. So much uncertainty, which is ok. I don’t know what it will look like and where it’ll end up. Plans will be rough sketches, but we’ll be thinking more carefully about longer term goals. Exciting, scary, frustrating. Not that every year doesn't feel a little like that, but more so this time. I can say that there will be more street and less headshots, and I'll get this website updated soon more in line with that direction.
I will still pick out a few favorite images from last year. Maybe I should just have gone with the Instagram #bestnine approach and be done with it, but I’d really rather find my own selections than let software do it. Making it a slow, careful process is more valuable anyway, and I'm finding images that otherwise would probably have disappeared into the depths of my archives.
In the meantime, I do hope you have a full, exciting, rewarding, creative 2018. And here’s some Jersey City snow from this week: