A look back at 2014, Part 2

I will remember 2014 as the year I embraced monochrome photography. Much as I love colour, I have become totally enchanted with black and white pictures.

Light, lines and moments —  I found myself shooting those a lot this year, consciously and unconsciously — and black and white is ideal for bringing out the best of those kinds of images.

I have also started studying some of the masters recently, and was lucky enough to receive a signed print by famous Magnum photographer, Elliott Erwitt, which now hangs proudly on my wall, and which I will cherish forever.

I joined a few groups that share black and white photography and have been so inspired by the work posted there.

I have a feeling 2015 will also be a black and white kind of year!

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A look back at 2014, Part 1

The time between Christmas and New Year’s is a perfect one to look back on the year that is coming to an end, and to marvel at its wonders and joys, as well as to reflect on its challenges and bittersweet moments. They’re all part of the great mystery of life…

I thought I’d go back through my images to select some that are meaningful to me. These are not necessarily my best, but they do resonate with me and represent a year full of wonderfully rich memories.

I’ve preserved these images in photobooks and archives for the future. I’m grateful to have them and be able to look at them any time I want to bring back so many days and moments in all their glorious colour and intensity.

But there are many more moments and memories from this past year that I don’t have pictures of. I am just as thankful for the ones that remain alive only in my mind’s eye.

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Sunrise, Hutchinson Island, Florida

 

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New Year’s Parade, Harbor Island, Bahamas

 

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Pelican, Manatee Pocket, Florida

 

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Early morning, Mariner Cay, Marina, Stuart, Florida

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Sunset, crossing the Gulf Stream on our sailboat, heading to the Bahamas from Florida

 

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Fishing on the Little Bahamas Banks, Bahamas

 

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Charles, the intrepid sailing dog

 

Typical sunset in the Bahamas

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Celebration of Chardonnay in Niagara region, Ontario

 

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Celebrating Canada Day in Almonte

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A good-bye weekend with the grandkids

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A tender moment…

 

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Fall is my favourite season

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New York is one of my favourite cities…

 

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Can’t get enough autumn colour…

 

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Exquisite light on Christmas Day

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The sun kisses my town…

 


Let there be light…

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The soul should always stand ajar ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

It came to me in a flash — my word for 2014. LIGHT.

It’s a great word for someone besotted with photography, of course, but it’s also an all-round great word, being a verb, a noun and an adjective. It’s a perfect word for someone who wants to simplify and pare down and travel lighter in the world. It will also be a good reminder to light the way for others, make choices that light me up, and lighten up…

Last year my word was DISCOVER, and it led me to so many great places. I explored and experimented and discovered so much about photography — and myself too. It’s amazing how a simple word can infuse and guide your life.

This year I want to study light, chase light, follow light, learn how to capture light — all those things. Light is complex; it has so many different qualities  and it appears in so many different ways in photography. It can scorch, shimmer, reflect. It illuminates and casts shadows. It can be a softly lit pool in the gloom or a full-blown radiant sunset. Light helps us see the full catastrophe of life (as Zorba the Greek would say). To take a long, loving look at the real…we need light.

In 2014, let there be light.