It’s been an unexpected year in many ways - and certainly for me, in terms of photography. My love of nature photography has not diminished, but during 2016 I spent more time exploring other possibilities. Here’s a rather arbitrary even dozen, in not-quite chronological order.
I created a number of photomontages during the year, starting in January. This montage was one of several that started out as simple photographs of tree bark:
Another favorite montage from this past year is the “wilderness of books”, a photomontage that I’d been wanting to do for quite a long time. It finally came together, thanks in part to inspiration from Thoreau: “I have sometimes imagined a library… far away in the depths of a primitive forest… which the heroic student could reach only after adventures in the wilderness amid wild beasts and wild men.”:
During the worst of summer’s heat, I did most of my creative photography work indoors, including these two ‘cityscape’ montages:
The magic of scanner art (scanography) was another creative possibility that I returned to again and again in 2016. In March I wrangled California poppies into place (and it wasn’t easy!) for a vibrant springtime image. And in December, a windfall of late autumn leaves provided material for richly colored botanical portraits:
The siren call of abstracts is irresistible. Throughout the year, opportunities for abstract compositions presented themselves in abundance. Springtime, prowling through abandoned military bunkers and rail cars:
Another abstract, using long exposure motion blur to transform a simple piece of cloth:
There were many more abstracts added to my galleries, from many other places, during 2016. This one, from November, is very special. A photograph where nothing is what it appears to be - there is no sky, there are no clouds, nothing is broken. The opportunity to create this image came along just when I needed it most.
And then there was London! It was an all-too-short visit in September, but it yielded oh so many photographs - street life, street art, lesser-known sights, abstracts, nature - but I think this is my favorite. The man, the painted wall, the shadows, all conveying a sense of a hot, hectic day at the Brick Lane Sunday market.
It wasn’t until October that I did a serious bit of nature photography, but it was worth the wait. The timing was perfect for peak autumn color in the Eastern Sierra. I found myself mesmerized, teasing out compositions from the chaos of the forest.
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