That was the year that was 2017

We’re now into the third month of 2018, so I’m a bit late in posting my 2017 wrap-up! It’s a reflection of what life has been like, lately – it’s been a blur of preoccupation with the day job with an added sprinkling of winter illness.

However, I like writing these posts, because they help me remember things that happened during the year. Time does indeed seem to speed up the older I get, so it’s good to look back, reflect and realise that I did something other than work! 😀

  • We (well, mostly my husband) did a fair bit more decorating in our house. Things can be slow going when you undertake most things yourselves; however, when I think back ,we have achieved a great deal from when we first moved house. Photographs help immeasurably to document and remind of progress.
  • I read 27 books (thanks to my commute). My favourites were ‘A Beautiful Anarchy’ by David duChemin (an incredible read about creativity) and ‘Worst.Person. Ever.’ by Douglas Coupland (because I love most of Coupland’s novels!).
  • I saw some superb films – my favourite, being a huge Star Wars fan, was The Last Jedi. Dunkirk and Bladerunner 2049 also get honourable mentions 🙂
  • I managed to get a handful of Exhibitions: Magnum 70 at 70 (Kings Cross light tunnel), The Radical Eye (Tate Modern), the 2017 Tate Britain commission: Cerith Wyn Evans’ Forms in Space… by Light (in Time), Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains (V&A)
  • I shot (not counting the blurry ones I didn’t keep) 3,863 frames.
  • Our cat, Eddie was hit by a car. I’m very pleased to say he survived and came home for help. We feared he would lose his leg as there was so much damage, but thanks to the amazing staff at our vets and the animal hospital he has made an amazing recovery.
  • I bought my first “serious” print from Magnum photos (in one of their superb square print sales). It is from Robert Capa’s series from the US troops’ first assault on Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings.
  • I went to Iceland on holiday with my husband. A destination we had both dreamed of visiting for a long time! I have only just finished editing the photos, and am now working on a Spark page to share. Other commitments have left me with less time for post-processing recently, which I hope to rectify in 2018.
  • I slowly edged further towards health and fitness goals, via changes in nutrition and consistent exercise.

Aims for the new year? I don’t believe in making resolutions but I’d like to focus more on photography projects and clawing back some time for photography-related things. I feel l didn’t do any practical photography learning last year (no courses or workshops), so I’d like to keep my eyes open for learning opportunities as well as setting a couple of personal projects.

To finish, here are some photos that sum up the year for me. All the best for the remainder of 2018! Thanks for reading.


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