Every year I think it’s important to look back at the goals you set for yourself in the year prior. I also think it’s important to recognize your successes and shortcomings and turn those into new goals for the following year. I’ll start off by saying that I wanted to improve my landscape photography. Simply I wanted to make better pictures. I’m still inspired by the wonderful landscape photographers who came before me and my quest is to document my home state of Pennsylvania.
I went out and explored new parks and new areas. I was very happy with the results and want to continue pushing east. Eastern PA is extremely beautiful. The watershed areas, waterfalls, and the mossy greens await! I’ve also started to refine my long exposure photography. I love long exposure and it’s ability to almost stop time. As if in a fairytale almost. Rushing water turns silky, fog floats by and creates mysterious mood. I’ll continue working with long exposure techniques and I’ll practice better post processing techniques.
2014 was a good year photographically speaking. I never could have imagined. I took top honors in the 2014 Pennsylvania Art of the State. It was such a surprise and still is! I think about that experience and what an honor! Though part of me wasn’t able to fully enjoy it and that I regret. I also was chosen as an honorable mention in some pretty big photography contests including 2014 USA Landscape Photographer of the year and the 2014 ND Awards.
There are some pretty big things coming in 2015 that I already know of and I can’t wait! I want to take 2015 and make sure that I’m prepared for it. You see I wasn’t prepared for all the honors in 2014. I thought that was but I wasn’t, and that’s ok! There was a lot going on personally, professionally and well I let that get in the way photographically. I feel like every creative goes through a period of great success but for some reason may not be ready or able to take it to the next level. I might get a little personal here and well maybe that’s the point sometimes. A friend of mine posted an article about 10 things you should left go before the end of the year. A way to start fresh. December is a month to plant the seed for new beginnings and we get this chance every 12 months. Out of the 10 things that were discussed this stood out to me the most: Let go of thinking you aren’t where you’re supposed to be.
This is definitely something I do. In almost every aspect of my life I always measure myself against some unknown list of you’re supposed to be *this* by a certain age. At least that is my measure and according to me I don’t measure up. This holds me back from so much and holds me back creatively. Instead of spending the time thinking about new projects or techniques I get stuck in a different thought process. This ties into thinking I need to have everything figured out…right now! Right this very second. I don’t and who does really?! I do a lot of soul searching. I think if there is anything that shows in my photographs it’s this soul searching. I have to constantly tell myself that my dreams matter and it’s not too late. It’s never too late. You’re dreams matter too. They are yours for that reason and they are meant to make you happy. Follow them.
I hope 2015 will be the year all your dreams come true. Creatively, personally, professionally. Let’s start off the year right!