This business of celebrating the New Year is strange. Everyone knows the reality that we are really marking, the Earth's journey around the sun. But we don't return to the same space, the sun is also moving. Everything is constantly moving. I feel that's something the typical model of though surrounding New Year’s celebrations forget.
I'm not one to look back very often. I typically think in terms of what I want to do next, what I'd like to be doing next week, next month, etc. But every now and then, looking back (sometimes as painful as it might be, is necessary for growth. I tend to get wrapped up in the future, making plans, pricing out trips, drooling over equipment, and compiling mood boards on Pinterest. But none of this is photography. None of it amounts to development.
Developing involves taking photos, engaging with people, and simply “doing stuff.” I’ve made a lot of great friends over the course of the year. I’ve helped to put the Cardinal Photography Student’s association on track to helping photographers find a community to share and develop together. I’ve been to a lot of cool places. I’ve purchased new equipment. I’ve gotten more into film photography. And I’ve taken a lot of great photos.
Previously, I’ve been hesitant to invest in photography. I’m someone who can easily develop an interest in anything, so I’ve always had to juggle multiple different pursuits. In 2016, I’m learning that’s not really an option. I can’t take on a million different things that I feel passively interested in. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to make an investment.
2017 is going to see an increased dedication to photography. Of course, I already have a lot of material that I’d like to shoot. 2016 has been a personally rewarding year, despite setbacks and more globally troubling concerns. But that’s just how events unfold, and I’m looking forward to doing this again right here at the end of 2017.