At the end of every year it’s become more and more common for photographers to go back through the images they made over that year and choose what they feel is their best work. This can be an immensely challenging and yet creative project, because what one feels is one’s best work is often not the work most popular with others. Marcia and I do something similar, choosing one image from each month to use in our annual photo calendar.
However, I know without hesitation what will be my favourite image of the year, and I don’t have to wait to find it – it’s made on New Year’s Day. Every New Year we head to Government House to participate in the Lieutenant Governor’s levée … we have the opportunity to meet the Lieutenant Governor in office (and his or her spouse), share in some coffee and treats, listen to the speech and the bagpipes, and at some point we wander out to the balcony at the back. There’s a great view of Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains in Washington from there, and I use my cell phone to capture an image (okay, several) of Marcia at the rail. Being New Year’s Day it gives me an opportunity to marvel at all that this amazing woman gives to me every day, and an opportunity to look forward to another year of adventure with her. Without a doubt, it’s my favourite image of the year.
From Marcia and me, we wish you a new year filled with as much happiness, health, prosperity, excitement, love, peace and adventure as you can handle!
Okay, that’s it. Now go out and make some photographs!
P.S. Santa Claus brought us both new cell phone (cameras) this year. Who knows where that may lead!