The end of each year offers us a natural retrospective on our lives over that time, and one thing that I really enjoy doing as a part of that process is selecting a personal favourite set of images from the year. Last year I selected 11 from 2011 and this year I’m picking 12 from 2012! Each and every image means something special to me… I hope you take a moment to read a little about each image. Included along side is a link to the blog post that I originally shared with the image. Enjoy!
This image stemmed from a deep realisation that in photographing alone, I really do feel one with the world when I’m fully immersed in it. I zone out, and I’m focussed purely on what’s in my camera’s viewfinder. Sometimes I’m lucky enough that a spectacular after-sunset scene in one of America’s most beautiful national parks happens to be on the other end.
I continued to discover how much I enjoy photographing musicians live on stage throughout 2012, and this image of Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club’s show here in Seattle this year is my favourite concert photograph from this year. These guys played a great show, and for me, this photograph shows the artist immersed in his art… and absolutely loving it.
Iceland is a country where I’ve wanted to go and visit for a long time, and this monument to Sólfar, aka The Sun Voyager, was one of the first photographs I made when I visited there in March.
09. “Sol Duc Falls”
I remember this weekend like it was just yesterday. I took a few days and spent them driving around the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington state. This is a small waterfall inside the Olympic National Park, called Sol Duc Falls. Buried deep inside an old growth forest, I found a spot by the edge of the falls to catch the sun peering through the canopy of the forest.
Taken north of Seattle near Mt. Baker, this is the aptly named, Picture Lake. For a long time, I’ve wanted to photograph out here. To me, this photograph depicts the northwest in its purest form. To me, it looks and feels like the great outdoors.
Mt. Rainier seems to always make an appearance in my highlight images – I just love wide-angle landscape images of the mountains. In this case, a thick belt of fog lifted up and out of the valley in front of the lake revealing the mountain, just after the sun rose from behind the horizon.
I woke up and hoped to photograph a sunrise, but was met with what instead was a very moody and interesting cloud bank hovering just over the tops of the city buildings. The cloud would wander in front of and behind the Space Needle, wrapping itself around the buildings, making for a very dramatic scene. Not what I was expecting that morning at all, but very beautiful nonetheless.
Just when I thought the day was going to be rained out from an unrelenting storm, the skies slowly stopped pouring with rain, leaving room for people to walk around downtown by Pike Place Market. The water from the storm left on the cobblestone streets reflected the neon glow of the lights in the market. The city came alive.
I can’t begin to describe how excited I was making this photograph. Or how frozen I was while doing it. Witnessing the northern lights, or the aurora borealis, has been a lifelong dream of mine… something I’d always wanted to see and experience. It’s a magical thing, watching the shades of green light up the night sky and dance their way across the horizon. This image, shot in Iceland back in March, was the first time I saw such a brilliant display.
03. “Winter Sunrise”
It’s pretty hard to catch a colourful sky, Mt. Rainier, and the Space Needle in good light from Kerry Park. At sunset, the colourful light is always in the opposite direction from the city. It’s pretty out west, but this vantage point looks south east. That means getting up early and taking your chance on a good sunrise. Back in January, we were gifted with a stretch of dry weather, and this day was the best of the mornings I saw. This image is now for sale inside the Seattle Space Needle, and is one of my most successful images to date. Getting up early can be totally worth it!
I visited this vantage point in the summertime, and returned in Autumn to witness it in very different weather. What greeted me this time was not the hazy mess that I saw back in the summer, but a fantastical, cloudy, autumnal scene which I found truly beautiful.
My favourite of my favourite images was an easy choice this year, taken during a wonderful weekend photo trip to the Palouse area of Eastern Washington. The night sky put on a real show, and made for some pretty great fun photographing the famous Palouse Falls with some light painting thrown in for good measure. I want to print this on metal some day.