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