Turned out to be a rather busy year for me. Ironically, it was also the least productive as far as personal photography projects went. You win some, you lose some.
This site really started to come into its own in 2010. I know what you’re thinking. I started it in 2009, but that was late in the year, so it doesn’t count. Shush. It doesn’t. I know the other thing you’re thinking. Site isn’t finished. Again, shush. Working on it.
Sam and I moved into a new house. Well, new to us, not new to the world. Did that in the middle of winter with 2 feet of snow on the ground. The dog was the only one who had a good time.
Speaking of dogs, I gained a new one. Also, two cats, which some days are two too many. Just ask the couches. Or the plants.
Sam started massage school. A girlfriend who cooks gourmet quality food and knows professional massage? I’ll probably have to keep her around.
It was a slow year for gear. No new major acquisitions other than an 85mm lens. Good for my bank account. Bad for my gear fetish.
And, of course, I shot some jobs.
Like I said. Busy.
And yet still, that ridiculous passion for photography persists. And still, one of my favorite things about it is the diversity of experiences and images that are always out there waiting.
That said, and because this is the sort of thing you’re supposed to do when you’re a photographer (it’s in our contracts), I’m going to post 10 (or so) of some of my favorite images from the past year. This is easier said than done. I have a lot of favorite images.
Not all of these are so-called “work related” images. A lot are personal. Some may not even be technically my best work. Like I said, a lot are personal.
I have a few things to say about each image, so I will present them over the next 10 days.
I hope you enjoy.
Photo 1: “Dinner Tonight…”
Taken on January 8, 2010
I’m crazy about Sam for a lot of reasons.
She’s amazing. She’s talented. She’s funny. I could go on, but she’ll probably read this and then blush or post a comment trying to deny it.
One of Sam’s great talents is cooking. It’s a good fit because one of my great talents is eating. Also, we don’t believe in being selfish with our food. A great meal is best when shared.
In early January, Sam had just moved into my suddenly too small apartment. Boxes were everywhere. A month later we’d be moving into the house, but at that moment we were struggling with too little space for too much stuff.
Still, the cramped quarters didn’t stop us from entertaining.
This meal was pork chops, mustard greens and red potatoes sliced and baked to awesomeness. And of course, wine. Our friend, Caleb, was the dinner guest.