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Silver linings 2016


Every December I tell myself the same old lies; I would spend the month working only on personal projects, ones that would refill my well of inspiration. I would practice new skills gleaned from the last twelve months and challenge stale notions of making a photograph. I would dedicate time to read books stacked next to my desk that has reached the height of a coffee table. I would even go for a run and do my taxes.

But like previous years, despite good intentions I ran out of time and the will to resist paid work. What I did manage was a cinemagraph of a chocolate cake with coffee creme frosting and hazelnut & rosemary brittle. Making a moving picture has been on my list of goals for the last two years. I love the subtle movement that can bring life to a photo adding to the thrill of the viewer in spotting it. I love the emphasis that time is not still and it makes me wonder what might be happening just outside the edges of a photograph.

2016 was not the sweetest of years (I’ll spare you my list of grievances) but surely if I dig deep enough I could find a few silver linings. It has been quite a year of culinary travels: Macedonia, Venice, New Zealand, Morocco and Greece to name a few. I’ve learned to not fear making films and now actually enjoy it. I’m writing more often, the exercise itself acting like a pensieve for the unrelenting thoughts and worries that swirl in my head.

I am cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. It will be one of goodwill, new perspectives and creative growth. I anticipate another year of new destinations and am already looking forward to D.C., Hawaii and China. And even more so, I am excited to continue to share and find inspiration from an ever expanding creative community.

But enough about me, what are you most excited for in the New Year?

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  • Happy New Year lovely!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      And to you Angie! Looking forward to your 2017 travels xReplyCancel

  • I love the cinemagraph!! I would love to do one too. Maybe my goal for 2017 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! It’s the simplest scene I could think of to try out. You should definitely make one!ReplyCancel

  • darling, Happy 2017! love the images, as always and cinemagraph – all the best for the new year! RReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks for your support Rosana! Hope you’re having a great start to 2017 xxReplyCancel

  • 2017 is going to be wonderful – especially with a few more of those delicious Miso Caramels…ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Oh I’m so glad you liked the caramels – am going to try another batch soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Yunjeong Oh

    Hi Jo,
    I’m Yunjeong Oh from South Korea.
    When I’ve searched the cinemagraphs to put the app. I saw your wonderful works which is a cake with firework.

    Do you have the same work by vertical view(1080×1920)?

    I would appreciate it if you gave me an answer.

    Thank you!


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