According to Flickr, this was my best image of 2011, at least it was my most popular, ranking at a hefty number 13 on my “Popular” count, which is really just Flickr’s “special sauce” although it’s still (somewhat) reliable I suppose. It was uploaded on March 31 and first posted to this blog about that time, although it was also posted a few other places, most notably it made the front page of Utata, an on-line journal which I love and support.
The shot itself was taken at one of my favorite places to photograph. It was shot on location in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a place called “Jackalope” which is a fantastic environment for great photos. It’s a photo-friendly place with lots of pottery, furniture, odd doors, bric-a-brac and the like. I have shot many things at Jackalope and it’s one of those places I will return to time and again for some great shots, not to mention some great shopping. (They still have this really cool blue bench I want to get for the front of my door, but not sure how I would manage to get it back from Santa Fe, seeing as I usually fly there. Hmmm. Points to ponder.)
I plan to post my yearly recap of 2011 soon enough. Lately anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about the year that was and the year that’s coming up. Which directions I want to go in, which paths I want to take. It’s been a time of transition in so many ways but I kind of like to think of it more like a time of transformation rather than transition. At least I’m really looking forward to seeing what things will grow into, rather than over-analyzing where they have been. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so reluctant to post any 2011 “wrap up” type of material. I’m too busy looking ahead and thinking about what’s in store for next year. I’ve also been working on a lot of new stuff, cranking out work about as quickly as I can given the constraints I have before me.
We’ll see what 2012 brings soon enough, I suppose, seeing as it starts on Sunday. Wow! Where did the year go? Time to make plans, get setup for more work going out, do lots more stuff, and get 2012 ready to roll, isn’t it? Oh, wish me luck with that, for I am going to need all of the help I can get.
I hope 2011 brought you some memorable shots and some great photography and art in your lives as well. Here’s looking at 2012 with bright spirits and best intentions.
Happy soon to be new year, everybody!
Until next time…