Some time ago, a very popular photography blogger on the interwebs posed a question on whether we, as photographers, went and looked back at any of our old images. Surprisingly, the author said that he rarely made it a point to go back and look at his old work. Perhaps the biggest reason I love photography is the ability to freeze time and have the ability to go back and look at it in the future. To see facial expressions, places, friends, family, emotions, etc, from the past allows me to go back and experience those moments again. I have no idea if he is a professional photographer (I am assuming that he is), but I can maybe see how if all you do all day, everyday, is take pictures that sometimes it may get a bit old to go back and look at your old work. The process was all together more important than the outcome it seemed. I have always thought it would be pretty neat to take pictures for a living, but honestly if it meant that I wouldn’t enjoy looking back at old images any longer, I’ll stick with my current day job.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the mechanics and feel of my Leica. The workmanship of a 50 year old Leica is crazy. The act of shooting with the M2, or just a rangefinder in general, is more enjoyable than just about anything else photography wise. But, the whole point for me is to freeze a moment in time. I enjoy the process for sure, but the outcome and memories are more important. So, without further ado, with less rambling, and in no particular order…here are some of my favorites from 2014. I tried to pick 10, I couldn’t do it. None of them are technically perfect, a few are slightly out of focus, but all of them remind of something from the past year that put a smile on my face. And in the end, isn’t that the point?