Looking Back at 2018
The last year has been a bit of a mad year both in photographic terms and my day to day life. I have been lucky enough to travel more than usual, In spring after my other half retired we started with a break to the Yorkshire Dales, then spent nearly 3 weeks in the Outer Hebrides. I love Scotland,this time we stayed in one place instead of moving on every few days. I felt this would give me the chance to revisit places at different time of day, or return when the weather changed, this really helped, especially going back to the Callanaish standing stones at night. It always improves my work being more familiar with the location. often my best shots are taken on repeat visits.
I have also spent a bit of time entering photo competitions, its always surprising which ones get short listed and why. I have often felt that work not chosen was better, photography like any creative subject is always open to personal interpretation. I was lucky enough to win a competition on ViewBug with an image of the ceiling in Truro Cathedral and at the same time was shortlisted for another competition with a long exposure which I personally prefered to the ceiling shot. I think perhaps, because an image has memories for the photographer it is very hard to step back an evaluate you own work.
I have been to so many fantastic places this year that I am way behind with editing my work, so it might be a while before I get to the rest of the year but at least in a very grey January I have something to work on.