This past year was a very different one for me in a variety of ways as my career as a newspaper staff photographer came abruptly to an end, my freelance business got off the ground, I published my first book of photos and expanded my personal work. It was not a great year for my extended family either as Natalie's family also struggled with one tragedy after another. I'm glad the year is done, but it's always good to look back too.
I continued my long-term series of street images in Portland, trying to do new and hopefully interesting things. I'm still hoping to publish a book of the work sometime in the future, maybe this year?
Competing for my attention on the "Streets of Roses" were those in Seattle as I made several trips to the Emerald City, in part for a photo blog that never panned out.
Concentrating more on artistic endeavors in my personal work has also allowed for greater experimenting with more abstract ideas.
I also got very interested in landscape/still life, an interest that led to the publication of my first book, "We Love Dreamers," from a tour around Oregon this fall.
I also wrapped up the series about my dad and my hometown this year, something I'd been working on for years. I published a zine featuring some of the work earlier this year but am now thinking about instead publishing a book of the complete work.
And then there's everything else, the day to day situations that result in interesting things, the freelance assignments, etc.
So good riddance 2015, I welcome you 2016