Time to reflect on another year gone by! Unfortunately for me, I felt my day job dominate life too much in 2016, so it’s been great to look back and have a think about other stuff that happened.
- I finally joined 500px. Something I had been meaning to do for a long time but didn’t feel worthy of. I haven’t posted many shots there yet. There is such a good standard of photography to stand up with! It’s where I go to research the sort of photographs I want to take.
- I took part in Blogging U’s Photo 101 course for the second year running. I had a blast the first time around and enjoyed the push to post something every day, so I thought why not go again? Wrap-up post here.
- I participated in an awesome street photography workshop. Read about that here.
- I finished consolidating my photo library (originally posted about it during the process here). Although it took ages, completing it was satisfying and makes it much easier to find pictures.
- Our main holiday was in Snowdonia, Wales. Beautiful surroundings and a wonderful break. You can see an Adobe Spark Page of that trip here.
- Stuff happened in politics. I don’t like to get political (as it can be so divisive) but I greatly fear the negative economic and social ramifications of these events.
- I read 27 books. My favourite fiction was Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. The best non-fiction for me was Dear Leader by Jang Jin-sung, a gripping and fascinating account written by an ex-employee of North Korea’s propaganda machine. My photography-related highlight was Photography Q&A by Zack Arias, chock-full of indispensable advice.
- My film of 2016? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Just awesome.
- The commute to my job in London was heavily blighted by train strikes. Which has continued into the new year! (maybe I should do a photo essay!)
- I shot (not counting the ones I didn’t keep) 3,202 frames. More than last year, again; and more than I thought.
- In spite of my improved fitness, I finished the year quite under the weather having succumbed to a nasty coughing virus.
- New and not so new Christmas traditions endured (salted caramel and fudge pavlova and cinnamon buns respectively). Also, I made Hollandaise sauce for the first time!
To finish, here are some shots that sum up the year. In choosing these, I wasn’t necessarily looking for technically good photos, but those that reveal the visual history of what happened.
Thanks for reading! I hope you had a good 2016. Here’s to more fun photographic adventures in 2017.