I took a little bit of time tonight to play with some of new figurative and literal toys. I strapped my new flash triggers and honeycomb to my SB700 to get a spot-light effect that I could use on a smaller subject. Then, noticing that the light was too harsh, I diffused that with a sheet of notebook paper. But, lacking real models, I grabbed a couple of the action figures that I’ve accumulated for just just such occasions.
A full year. Since I graduated. Since I proposed. Since I started freelancing. Since I started the site to keep myself in practice. I suppose that I should take a hard look back at 2013.
Let’s start by looking at things from a purely objective standpoint and take a look at the numbers.
- Numbers Total Hits: 9,709
- Overall Average Hits Per Day: 27
- Most Hits In A Single Day: 283
- Total Number of Followers: 110
- Total Number Of Posts: 205
- 205 posts/ 365 Days= 56.1% of Daily Goal
- Then again, I was working 60-80 hours a week the last two months of the year, so taking off November and December, we get 196 Posts /304 Days= 64.5%
What do these numbers tell us? Well, they tell me that I need to do better. I While I have started writing, editing video, and dabbling more with graphic design, I haven’t come as far with branching my skills as I would have liked. And yes, I have been shooting daily, it hasn’t necessarily been what I want to be working on.
It might be fair to say that I’ve been… disconnected. After I graduated, I lost all of the resources available to me through the university. That doesn’t just include the photo gear and technology, but the connections though fellow students and teachers. Add all that to the fact that my car died early this year, and funds have been relatively low. So, with no money, no car, and no connections, it honestly felt like a year adrift.
But, those are just the numbers and the setup. What did this year in photos actually look like? (Be sure to click to open in theater mode. There’s a cut line for each one of these. )
Where does that leave me? I wouldn’t call the year empty, and I can’t say there was nothing fulfilling. I wouldn’t say that I didn’t grow, but I still feel like I could have been more. I feel like I’m falling behind my peers. All I can do is try to keep at getting myself off the ground this year.
Still, with everything I shot this year, one photo stands out more than anything I did. It was the photograph I took on my lunch break with cell phone of the car crash. It reminded me how much I can care; not just about news, but about people. I had just finished Dave LaBelle’s Lessons in Life and Death, and learned just how much photographs of tragedy can help those involved cope and come to terms with those events. I felt like I had a responsibility. It reminded me that no matter where I am, or what I’m doing with my life, that drive for journalism, and news is always there. I’m never going to give up.
When my friend Alyssa invited me out to Washington DC for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, there was no way I could turn down the opportunity. On top of it being a good chance for me to get out, I figured that it would be good way to start creating news content again. However; the attempt to combine the work and play didn’t work nearly as well as I had hoped. Basically, my attempts to work on news and self promote was time I was leaving Alyssa out, and time spent having fun was time I was stressing about not getting the shots and story that I wanted.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the trip; DC was a blast. Getting to see the gathering of so many different cultures of people together in the capitol was amazing. I was happy just soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos while sitting in traffic. However; I think the highlight came after the festival started winding down, and Alyssa and I found ourselves at the super hero themed gay bar, The Green Lantern. We spent a few hours conversing with a group of older gentlemen, and even caught the prep to some sort of leather and latex event. Shame we both had places to be the next day, or we would have stayed. After an arduous late night drive in a car with some… questionable breaks, we arrived back I Kent around 6am. While the next day was pretty rough, it was totally worth the trip. I can’t wait to go back to DC again .