Only slightly later than planned, here is my wrap-up post for the year just ended. All-in-all, a good year, especially considering these strange times we are living in, even though it seems to have been a busy one. Again!
I always enjoy writing these summary-type posts, because they help me recall and reflect on happenings during the year. It’s good to take stock and think about new goals.
- I took the role of interim Head Gardener for the first part of this year, thanks to my husband’s knee injury leaving him unable to dig. We inherited a decent-sized garden when we moved to the countryside 4.5 years ago. Every year, we learn a bit more; every year we become more aware there is so much we don’t know! 🙂
- I read 31 books. My photography-related favourite (and strong recommendation to anybody into photography and creative things) was Ansel Adams autobiography. Incredibly well-written and a fascinating insight. My favourite fiction was The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons, a crime thriller and part of a series I am really enjoying.
- It was a good year for exhibitions: Andreas Gursky (Hayward Gallery), Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic (V&A), Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Natural History Museum), Sony World Photography Awards 2018 (Somerset House), Magnum Home (The Vinyl Factory) and Picasso 1932 (Tate Modern).
- I shot (and kept) 4,232 frames. Slightly less than last year!
- Our summer holiday was in Guernsey. In addition we bookended the year with visits to Germany (specifically, Bavaria): Munich in early 2018 and Nuremberg in December. Naturally, I took photos on all of them; some are included in my favourites, below. I am still catching up on the post-processing for most of them 🙂
- I reached an important health and fitness goal! It’s often called a journey, which I like, however there is no destination where you stop working. I’ve become more interested in health, nutrition and fitness, which I’m sure will be ongoing.
- I took a big decision and left my job in London, late in the year, with a view to taking a break followed by looking for work closer to home. And, relax…
- The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge stopped! And with it, I posted a lot less blog posts in 2018 than in previous years. Well, I’m also to blame for that. Life just seemed to get too busy!
Aims for the new year? I don’t really believe in resolutions, as all too often they seem to fail. However, I do like using the beginning of the year as a marker and a motivator for a fresh start and thinking about life goals. I belong to the Brighton Photographers Group on Facebook and I’m taking part in their 52 week challenge, something I’ll attempt to keep posting here on WordPress too. I have a one day street photography workshop booked in March which I’m really looking forward to and with the change to my working life I’m hopeful I’ll have much more time for my favourite hobby. A side project might be working out what to upgrade my trusty (but noisy at high ISO) Nikon D90 to…
To finish, here are some of my favourite shots from 2018. As always, my favourites are attached to memories so these aren’t necessarily great pictures, but ones that remind me of good times. Shot on a variety of DSLR (Nikon D90), mirrorless (Fujifilm X100T) and iPhone. Happy new year and thanks for reading!