2017 was a strange year for me photographically. I started out feeling like I was turning out crap, unmotivated, a bit burned out. I did very little photography early in the year and didn’t really miss it. As we headed into fall, however, I started thinking about shooting again, and I ultimately went down to spend a few days in Morro Bay trying to refine my love and interest in the camera.
That trip did wonders for me and I created a lot of really good work, and that really jumpstarted me back into wanting to shoot, enjoying the process and liking the work I was creating. I realized I’d allowed myself to get into bad habits and settling for what was easy and “good enough”, and that I needed to get back to trying to find the great work and not simply the good.
I think that mental shift shows in my work: all of these images were shot in August or later, and seven of them during or after that Morro Bay trip. I’ve talked about each of these works individually in the last couple of weeks, but I wanted to pull the year together and do this summary post about it as well.
I hope you had a great year photographically in 2017, and may 2018 bring you even better images.