A bit of a life editorial here,
I’m going through my last year’s worth of photographs to make my daughter’s second annual photobook.
Looks like I shot around 13500 frames in the last year, 12500 on digital and 1000 on film. I don’t shoot sports (much, yet) and I almost never use bracketing or continuous shooting. Therefore by my estimate these represent around 5000 unique compositions, though obviously themes recur both in subject and structure.
Conveniently for this photobook, I shoot primarily a single subject : my daughter Maude. I shoot her and whoever comes close enough to her to fit in a frame. That group has been growing as my standard lens has been getting wider. The 50mm lenses feel like telephotos for me now.
When compared to last year’s book I think a story will emerge – beside my daughter’s – about how I’m evolving as a photographer. The level of quality between the two books is on average looking about the same (I vainly hope for slightly better) but what’s clear is that this year’s is going to be more editorial. It’s almost all shot on available light, it’s more chaotic, and there is much more context included in the frames.
I couldn't be more pleased! I’ve been working really hard to progress in the reportage photojournalism genre. Recently I re-iterated my photographic priorities (as a physical list on paper) and that still tops the list.
Here are just a few my best photographs of the year...
As a parting note, while I shot twelve times more digital than film, there is a very different ratio emerging in the contest for significance. None of the film images achieved the "pixel quality" that the best digital images show - zero. However the film images make up about one-third the images with more than fleeting artistic value in them.