Thursday, January 7, 2010

Looking back, looking forward

While tearing apart my office this week in a frantic effort to find a Windows recovery CD – long story – I found a 20-page book. Each page showed off one of my best images from 2001.

I made books like that every year the first few years after I became a serious photographer. They were a way to celebrate my accomplishments. I also used them to get my first few gallery shows.

I don’t know why I stopped, but I’m going to start doing it again. I saw that photographer Jim Goldstein is compiling a directory of the year’s best images from a number of photographers. It seemed like a fun project, but it’s also worthwhile.

One of the things I discovered in compiling my 12 — just 12; I’m also a better photo editor now — is that I do my most creative work either while traveling or in the first few weeks after I’m back. One of my goals this year is to bring that creative approach to the things I see every day.

Check back in a year to see how I do. In the meantime, here's my best work from 2009:

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Thomas Robinson said...

As always, awesome images! Love the idea of compiling top 12, but also what an undertaking!

Jim Goldstein said...

Stunning photos Kevin. Glad to hear my project helped revive an old tradition of yours. Thanks for taking part and have a great 2010!

Marcin Retecki said...

My favorite is second from the top. So many gorgeous birds, amazing!

JadeGreenImage said...

Beautiful work, and yes editing is as much of an arcane art as the taking itself.

Steve Cole said...

What a series Kevin. I'm particularly drawn to #1. What a find! Best wishes for 2010!