I hate this time of year. This is the time when photographers pull together their best frames from last year. The solid daily frames are tossed aside and we’re left with an internet that is overwhelmed with the best of the best. It’s an amazing thing to see.
But I hate it.
Photographers make connections with their pictures. Sometimes you make a killer frame. Sometimes the story behind making the image is better than the image itself. That is something a viewer wouldn’t necessarily see.
Photographers also grow throughout the year, constantly refining skills and techniques. Looking back at a years worth of images, we see things we wish we would have done differently. There is always something you could have done better.
So while it’s nice to look back at some frames I’ve connected with, I always see the flaws.
I know I say something like this every year, but it rings true each year. Don’t get me wrong. I’m proud of the work I do. And honestly, if I ever did plateau, I probably wouldn’t enjoy this line of work. I get satisfaction out of making photographs. Looking back on them, not so much.
So without further ado (and in no particular order), here are some photographs that I enjoyed for one reason or another this year.
Easter in jail was a really interesting assignment. See more frames on this blog post.
The image above is from a series we did on race and microaggressions. I shot a series of portraits and video interviews with several community members. If you’re interested in seeing the rest of the series, click here to the Rockford Register Star website.
Here’s the video of Allen Pang talking about his experience as a bombardier navigator in WWII.
There are MANY more frames that I’ve shot and enjoyed. I was better in 2016 about sharing many of those on my Instagram page. And if you made it this far on this post, you should probably go ahead and follow me on Instagram.
To see more pictures of mine and those of my colleagues at the Rockford Register Star, check out the gallery on the paper’s website.