So, how was my photography year? This post is not written scientifically, but as thoughts comes to my mind.
At the end of 2016 I wrote a blog post with title How was my photography year? Today, when I read my words, I must admit there was many things similar, but there were things where I moved. Progressed?
First of all I spent whole year with my camera in my hands. Photography is very important part of my everyday life. It was filling my thoughts, my spare time. It is nothing else, but feeding that hunger to shoot., to record, to document and create.
Same as 2016, it wasn’t a straight line this year. It was uneven route with couple of curves. With routes going throughout the foggy and dark woods. But, during the journey, I realized a couple of things. A couple of things about myself. A couple of things about my photography.
Again, at one point I struggled with my style. I doubted about my monochrome photography. At the end, I realized that it is a very simple. I stay with monochrome, because I love it and always did. It is as simple.
I sold Olympus OMD E-M10 mark I. Bought Ricoh GR II and sold it after a month. Than I bought Olymus OMD E-M10 mark II. This step is against the logic. I admit. Now I am all set with my OMD. Only, I wish I still had my Lumix 14 mm lens, which was much faster compared to Olympus Zuiko 17 mm, which I have now. It takes a moment to focus.
Also, same as in a previous year, I didn’t avoid moving blog from one platform to another. From WP to Blogpost and back. There is no ideal platform.
Good thing that happened was my solo exhibition The Peripeheries of Ostrava with my documentary photos from Ostrava in March/April 2017. In addition I must mention a joint exhibition No Constructive Conclusions , which appeared in Wroclaw (1/2017) , Katowice (4/2017) and Frydek-Mistek (6/2017). Ian even assembled a booklet with photos from this show.
Thanks to photography (and Internet/Social media networking) I met new people from Poland (Wojtek Mszyca, Piotr Kaczmarek and Adrian Wozniak), Austria (Martin Frey and Philipp Graf ), Germany (Markus Lehr), UK (Ian Nutt, Terry Barlow) and the Czech Republic (Pavel R.). I am glad for that. Online “friendships” turned to a real life encounters.
What I am proud of the most? When I look at my photos I feel I progressed in interaction with people. I fear less of people. I understood that people, no matter how they look, are humans. That I don’t need to fear them so much. That there is no need to be ashamed of anything. Of course, this is a long road and I feel I need to improve here.
© Pavel P.