2016: A Look Back
I'm a little late to this party, but I figured I would still go ahead and share what the year of 2016 has been like, and what there is to look forward to in the coming year of 2017.
The year of 2016 became a year where I had started quite a few projects in an attempt to find my own voice and place (which sounds cliche, I know but hear me out).
For the past year, I've been really lost creatively as to where I wanted to go with photography. The whole reason I even starting this whole blog writing endeavour was because it just felt like a good way of reasoning out what I was doing at the moment, with where I could possibly go with it all later on. Because something I have always been terrified of is working on some kind of project, but not having an end goal past that project. Which for a decent portion of the year is where I found myself to be, working with no real goal in sight.
As the months progressed I had slowly started to find what I wanted to do, I got the opportunity to take photos of The Young Canadians during their rehearsals, and their spring show. At first seeming like a good idea for a semester long project for school, it turned into a bit of a passion project once the summer hit.
I took the connection I had with the Stampede and slowly transitioned from photography The Young Canadians to photographing the Showband during their performance season. Going to as many of their performances as I can to try my hand at this odd combination of sport and music photography that encompass the marching band practice. Looking back at the first few times I tried my hand at it, it's nothing really worth showing; the photos are okay, but definitely not great, and I clearly need some work on aspects of these kinds of photos. There is small improvements here and there, and the photos did improve as the months followed, but I feel as if I really found my stride during Stampede week taking photos of the band during their steps show, where I took some of my favourite photos. There were was one last field show they did during Stampede week, but for reasons out of my control, I wasn't really able to get many/any photos during this time, so I can't really say for sure how I may have improved in this area, but I'm sure it could still use some work.
During 2016 is also when I was able to begin the odd journey of being a concert photographer. Starting with Metric + Death Cab for Cutie, then getting the chances to photograph the likes of Daughter, Half Moon Run, Post Malone, The 1975, and Fitz and The Tantrums to name a few. It's definitely been an interesting journey so far, but it's definitely been fun and I've learned a lot about my own work by doing these shows.
On more of a personal note (and also about this blog), I've lost some friends, and I've gained some as well. I've learned more about who I really am, and what my tastes are. I think I want this blog to more reflect that changing taste, So I may just try and start from scratch starting here. I may still do the concert recaps I have been doing, but I'm not entirely sure whether I'll do them as frequently as I have been, or even in the format that I have been doing them.
Will I say that I've figured myself out creatively? No, not really. But I at least know where I want to go to some degree and can at the very least start working towards that.
It'll probably be another year of experimenting creatively. But what year isn't, right?
I have an optimistic look on how this coming up year will go.