Hello, 2017

I know I've been promising for a month to "blow up your news feeds" with all of this content I've got brewing. It's still true - I have a crazy amount of things to post and this photo explosion is still in the cards. However! I thought it might be prudent to kick it all off with a personal update and why I've been so quiet since my last entry at the end of November. I'll try to keep the details under control so I don't send you rolling away in boredom... but basically, I've spent the entirety of December being flat broke. I had to fix my car for the second time in a month and replace my computer (twice. The first time, I bought a defective tower. It was fun, believe me.)

Then, after getting all of that squared away, I ran into a bad situation at work which left me feeling sick and mentally drained for days. (It's a long, frustrating story.) So, I haven't felt up to working on personal projects, or sitting down to write productive or positive blog posts. Instead, I just kinda wallowed around and played a lot of video games.

But you know what? It's the first day of 2017 and what better time than now to find some fresh motivation? Ready or not, I know I have to jump back on this boat if I ever expect to catch up and keep up. So, here goes nothing:

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P H O T O G R A P H I C   Y E A R   I N   R E V I E W
(Because they're fun, right?)

Normally, I don't feel too different at the beginning of a new year. I avoid making resolutions because a) I'm horrible at keeping them, let's just be real. And b) I make personal goals for myself all year round and don't always see the point in proclaiming something as a special objective. I'm just here and figuring things out as I go. Life is weird and peppered with unexpected distractions and sometimes things just stop feeling practical. Is that just me?

Having said all of that, though, I actually find myself feeling a notable difference at the start of 2017. Unlike years past, I finally feel like I'm starting fresh, or stepping in with a clean slate. 2016 has been a trying and traumatic year for a lot of people and for a multitude of reasons. It's a year that a whole nation seems ready to kiss good riddance. It could be that 2017 might end up being the same, or worse... but I like to think that beginnings present the hope of betterness and I'm keeping a strong hold on that optimism for as long as I can.

But how can I possibly sum up this past year? I feel like there's just too much to say and no good way to say it. In fact, I've been stuck on these last couple of paragraphs for the better part of an hour, struggling to figure out how to put it into words. So, maybe that's just my cue to stop talking and start throwing more pictures at you.


Despite every way 2016 went wrong, it was still a year for personal growth. I started doing yoga (something I've been promising myself to do for years), writing, making more art, getting up earlier in the mornings, and eating better. I started going outside more often, hiking and opting to participate in activities with friends instead of staying in. I learned to stand up for myself and to find a healthy balance of love, compassion and self-confidence. I learned to embrace conversation and to get to know people more closely. 

As a photographer, 2016 was a year for resurgence. I revitalized my portfolio and worked to get to know my camera a little better. I've learned new techniques and I've explored different, unfamiliar mediums. I think in just one short year, I've progressed much faster than I had in the previous five, simply because I finally had the time and energy to buckle down and get it done. It's amazing to be able to look at work from just last January and be able to see visible differences in style and aesthetic. I can only hope that I continue to grow in years to come!

Anyway, I know this wasn't a very long or intricate year in review, but I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless. I think I've worn myself out with how much time it took me to do this... but now that I'm done, I feel freer to start blowing your stuff up as promised. See you soon!