Producing a list of favourite images of the year is a popular thing for photographers to do, in part it is a great way to assess what has changed over the year, but it's a hard job to sift through your work and choose a reasonable number. I failed to get it down to the 10 or 15 others have managed.
This year was, for a few reasons, my most prolific year of photography since I bought my Canon D60 back in 2002. Unlike Doug Chinnery, I don't tend to delete images in an end of year cleanup and this year I have shot a lot of timelapses and taken the opportunity to get out and about with the camera as much as possible. Prolific doesn't always mean high in quality, but I hope that I'm learning and improving all the time.
Most of the year has been taken up with a big Polaroid project, Warped Topographies. I have used Instagram as the main place to post these. From March onwards (other than a few Facebook posts) it has all been Polaroids! I've chosen not to post any of them in this list as it might go on a bit.
A birthday trip to Iceland in February proved to be wonderful. We stayed at the end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It was fabulous; the colours, the isolation, digging out various people who'd got stuck off road with inadequate vehicles and my first sight of the Northern Lights made it very special.
We are blessed with plenty of green belt space where I live. Although it isn't spectacular there is plenty of scope for intimate studies, and I have kept revisiting the same spaces to see the changes over the year.
In April I went on my first photographic workshop with David Ward and met some lovely people including Karl Mortimer, David O'Brien, Paul Mitchell, Graham Cook, Alex Winser, Gary Lever, and Paul Davis. It was a beautiful day and despite losing my glasses, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I could post loads of images from the day but will limit myself to one. The workshop's focus on colour, texture, light and intimate detail was perfect! And I got to stand next to Karl as he made his shortlisted image for LPOTY!
Madeira was a beautiful place to visit in the summer. It had suffered from forest fires only a few weeks before and many places had been badly affected. Despite that the devastation proved very photogenic.
A tipoff from the aforementioned 'Texture Twins'; Alex and Graham, led me to Faversham boatyard for some colour and decay.
The dreaded misty trees struck on an early morning trip top Cuffley Great Woods.
A day trip for some street photography and food!
I went to the OnLandscape: A Meeting of Minds conference and this was taken before the second day started. The conference was inspiring and it was also good fun to meet with 'online' friends and meet new ones.
With these two I took some inspiration from the talk given by John Blakemore who talked about using multiple exposures to show time passing. He sometimes used up to 48 exposures (but never 50!) so I followed the master to the letter!
A lovely morning in the local playing fields; low lying fog with the sun burning through
The final image is of lichen taken up on the Cleveland Way in the North York Moors between Christmas and New Year.