Happy New Year, friends!
I spent the last day of 2016 and the first day of 2017 reflecting on what was, and what I hope will be. It was a very relaxed couple of days, with plenty of time to drive and think and shoot.
2016 was both a big and not so big year for me. I attended my first (in-person) workshop, where I met some amazing people despite my not-so-inner introvert. I started selling prints at artisan/handmade markets, and made great connections with creatives and art lovers in my area. On the commercial side of my business, both longtime clients and new ones made the year my best yet, with so many fun and interesting shoots that I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite.
Yet the work I produced for myself felt underwhelming, overall, but when I compiled it into a “favourites of 2016” album I realized something: my body of work over the past year was cohesive in a way that it has never been before, and that brought me so much joy.
I have always been drawn to muted, soothing and calm art, but what I had made for years was often full of colour and strong lines and high contrast. It was an interesting dichotomy, to me at least, and one that most clearly showed the reflection between my interior state and how I perceived the world.
For the first time in a long time, I feel calm and happy, and the work I produce reflects that state.
To view my recent favourites, you can click through to this gallery.
But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I miss the roller coaster of emotions that produced both strong photographs and strong writing. It’s a fine balance.
A Blank Slate
Last year was a hectic one, and while I there is nothing I could have or would have said no to, I have to admit that my personal work – and personal life – faltered a bit.
With a new year and all of its resolution temptations looming, I’m going to try something different. I’m giving myself permission… to say no to things that don’t bring me joy… to not feel guilty when I don’t post for weeks or or choose to stay home with a book or a friend instead of going out to shoot… I’m giving myself permission to make time for me.
My newsletter has changed form, and rather than a monthly missive, it will come as I have something to say, or new work to share, or sales. There will also be exclusive access to desktop wallpapers that will no longer be tied to a particular month, so it can live on your desktop for however long you’d like to live. You can sign up here, if you wish.
And now, to paraphrase the words of a very wise man, I wish for year of possibilities, and one full of curiosity and joy.