In contemplating this months shot and this years final picture I have been looking back on the past year and forward to the new one. I have regrets, hurt, losses and failures all piled into the memory of the past year but simultsneously see hope, life, laughter, joy, song, growth, and triumph woven through my memories. Not all of what happened this past year has been overwhelmingly good. My classes, my work, my parenting, my photography, and my spiritual vitality have all been arenas of failure and disappointment. In spite of that the year has been derinitively positive. My kids, my pictures, my relationship with my wife and my church have all encouraged and built up my person in the midst of heartache and struggle.
It is for these reasons that I look forward to a new year with hope and celebration. I have for no rational reason a firm thought that next year will be better and I welcome the new year with expectancy. I rejoice in the thought that a new year is opportunity for all things to be new.
Now how do you capture that hope that joy that excitement and celebration in a photo?
My thought is to shoot a portrait (a photographic weakness of mine) of a child with some backlight and a sparkler creating a picture of joy with a clear party scene. A little bit of fill light and perhaps a happy new year 2015 hat or banner to round it all out.
With 2 days left I think I can do it.
In case I don’t have a chance before the clock strikes 12 where you live…Happy New Year! Keep your chin up.