I started writing this post on December 23rd, sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a hot chocolate after finishing my Christmas shopping (one day early I might add… no slacking off this year). Brilliant sun was shining through the window, casting long shadows on the ground. The shop was busy, but everyone was clearly in the holiday spirit. It felt good. Peaceful. Inspiring. It felt the way life should at this time of year and that feeling has only grown stronger over the last few days spent with family and friends.
I have a lot of things to write about, but I’ll leave that for my first blog post of 2018. For now, I just want to share one final photo essay for the year and express gratitude for so many things in my life: family, friends, colleagues, peers, clients, students, community, art, health and success. Also, the struggles and the failures. Our experiences, both good and bad, shape us and I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything. It has been an amazing year.
Despite the usual year end hustle and bustle, I have been lucky enough to get out on the streets of Vancouver a few times over the last few weeks. The weather has been beautiful: cold, but with brilliant sunshine and a couple of days of snow. The late afternoon sun, coming in so low during these winter months, has provided a world of long shadows and pockets of light to photograph. It has been a lot of fun to shoot this light with my Fuji X100F and to make images just for the sake of creating. No client driven work. No working against a deadline… just making art for the love it.
I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. I’ll be hitting the ground running with many new projects in 2018 so, until then, let’s all enjoy some well deserved downtime.