Always during this time I sit back and evaluate my year photographically and sometimes personally too. I started reading my retrospective from 2014: Photographer Retrospective 2014. My goals then were to continue to improve on my landscape photography, continue pushing to the East and exploring the parks there, and continue to refine my post-processing techniques. I think continuing to refine my photo making and post processing are forever goals. I didn’t push as East as I wanted. I did get to go to Ricketts Glen State Park. Absolutely stunning, to which I had no doubt it wouldn’t be. I had an amazing experience there, although my head was very clouded. I am happy with the photos made there and also was able to set some challenges for myself. I don’t know when I’ll be able to make the trip again, but I hope it’s very soon!
2015 started with a bang for me. I got to show my work in several exhibitions. Around the start of Spring I started to slow. There was a period of time where I didn’t take any photos at all. Time past and I got side-tracked by life. I bought my first home, my “day” job stressed me, and some personal relationships became strained and came apart. I found that when I went out to shoot, out to the very forests I took solace in, no longer gave me comfort. So I put the camera down. There was a ping from time to time to go shoot. But I wanted to shoot something different. I went back to shooting the old and abandoned. I guess that’s how I felt so I was drawn in.
My spirits started to rise again and I wanted to get back to the forest. I was able to see fresh and enjoyed being outdoors, even if I wasn’t making any photos. I knew that soon it would come. I really feel like I turned a corner to close out the year and I am looking forward to continuing down that path for 2016. I still want to refine my shooting process and be more playful with the tools I have. As always I want to explore new areas of Pennsylvania, mainly east again. I’m looking forward to planning those and sharing them, both with my readers and with new found personal relationships. 2016 is shaping up to be a fun year and I cannot wait to make photos!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas. See you in 2016!