“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling
This year has been remarkable in many ways. I was honoured to be nominated then voted into The 20 most influential Street Photographers for 2017 by Streethunter.net readers and friends. I decided there and then that I wanted to live up to this title.
In February, my Finding your Vision Mentorship was launched on G+, it is an 8 week program specifically designed for Street Photographers. We had 25 participants who achieved some outstanding results, there were both new and experienced photographers in this genre. A special thanks to my support team of mentors. What I learnt, is to celebrate your differences, see how your work is different to every other photographer, then do more of this.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to follow my passion to shoot street, so was travelling over 9 weeks of the year. In May, I traveled to 7 cities in 13 nights. Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. In October, I traveled to 10 cities in 19 nights a round trip from New York to New York, including Boston, Quebec, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Lancaster, Washington DC and Philadelphia. I’ve met fellow photographers from G+ and they have shown me their cities, becoming real life friendships.
We have started new initiatives in our TOP STREET page and Street Photographers Community on G+. Our Interviews of a Street Photographer Collection we have interviewed over 44 photographers from all over the world and promoted the work of over 250 street photographers.
Most importantly, I have had the opportunity to continue to find my Vision which I believe is still evolving. Three words that describes my style, Balance, Simplification and Idealization.
As always I have too many favourites, so I’d like to share 15 of my favourite images with you from 2017. What I’ve learnt this year, do what you love, follow your dreams, be present in the moment and have some fun along the way.
Happy New Year. Wishing you all good light for 2018.