I remember thinking the year 2020 was soooo far away! And VOILA! Here we are. Where the hell did the time go?!
This week I’ve been seeing everyone on social media post their top 9 photos of the year. I figured I would pay tribute to the decade in my favorite photos. I scanned through 10 years of photos in my archives to see if I could trigger some thoughts or feelings about the past 10 years. I could have easily chosen vacation photos, but that is way too easy.
Some years will feature more photos and some will have less. Could have spent hours going through my archives (oh so many photos), but I picked quickly to force myself to really reflect and write something meaningful!
HERE WE GO.
My work was featured in a local art museum’s show. Someone purchased the large photograph of keys. I was shocked to know someone bought this particular photograph, because it seemed the least appealing because of the specific subject matter. Also, I found it slightly awkward as such a large print.
I worked at Borders in Providence Place Mall for less than a year before I found out it was going out of business. I was devastated. I was even more devastated when I learned they were filling the former space with a shoe store. Says a lot about society, doesn’t it? When I was single I spent many Friday nights sitting in the cafe, drinking hot cocoa, nibbling on warm chocolate chip cookies and reading books I didn’t plan on buying. Maybe that’s why they went out of business….?
When I was single, I took many trips to New York City with my friend. I was always aware of art exhibits and was so enthusiastic about visiting art museums! We never let the weather stop us from having a good time. I remember loving this photograph of our rain boots. I have to make it a point to get to NYC with my friend! I am talking to YOU Sarah!
I remember taking the bus a lot this year. I carried my camera on my back and just photographed anything that captured my interest. I remember seeing this sticker of Diane Arbus’ photograph in Warren, Rhode Island. I found it odd but I was excited to see it since I remember seeing it so many times in art school.
I am still obsessed with this photograph. I remember seeing this at Blithewold Mansion. I photographed it for a while. I had to catch the exact moment. I ever got around to printing this! I should!
Here is 30. Here is where it all began. Here I am pictured with my husband. We weren’t even dating yet. I thought I would invite him to my 30th birthday party at local piano bar. I didn’t think it was a big deal. It was just me with a bunch of my friends, hanging out, laughing at drunk people (not us). Later he told me how extremely proud and happy he was to be invited amongst my closets friends. This was a major life lesson for me. Something may be small to me, but mean the world to someone else.
OOOOOH I love a piece of history. This building was renovated and turned into an antique shop. While they were working on the exterior, they exposed the original sign. I thought it was so neat. I ended up asking my parents and some other relatives about the shop, and they had many stories to share. I love history!
I met Andre Leon Tally at RISD. Enough said!
This wasn’t my first time at the show, but I remember loving this dress. If you have a chance, checkout StyleWeek!
Here’s our first day with our new dog. I remember now how skinny she was. A whole 29 pounds. Poor dog. We fattened her up real fast.
My husband and I are not real fans of winter. We don’t mind it during Christmas, but once January and February are here, we are just out of our minds. I came home to find my husband made a dinosaur out of snow. It was EPIC. I wish we had better photos.
Hands down, one of my all time favorite photos of my dog. She always had her nose in this tree (the squirrels loved it). It reminds me so much of her little personality.
I remember that summer we were the talk of the neighborhood. We planted these sunflowers and they turned out to be MASSIVE!! I am so glad we took a photograph with them, because we were never able to grow them this size ever again!
Did I mention we hate winter? This year, he made a ship, complete with a seat for the captain and his first mate. First mate was ME by the way, not the DOG!
Just because this makes me laugh. I refuse to be serious.
Here it is. My wedding dress. I took this photo because I wanted to capture this detail forever. I loved the lighting here. I had no idea what the lighting would be on our wedding day, so I figured I would snap this shot. Glad I did.
This was the very last photograph I took with my phone at my wedding. I love this photograph and it made the album. I spent a lot of time punching those paper hearts. I love the way they ended up on the floor and the way my shadow landed in the photograph.
The year I took the time to make my grandmother’s famous cookies (and made my mom cry). They were good. I should really make time to make them again!
I love the summer program at my local library. Staff gets themed shirts. My husband and I started taking photographs together in our matching shirts. Glad we did because he doesn’t work there anymore! BOO!
Ok, OK. I know I said no vacation photos. But I like this one!! It was the moment life came full circle (sort of). I loved watching the show Full House as a child. I dragged my husband to this site so we could see the facades of the famous houses featured in the introduction of the show. It was cool!
Am I getting more mature? I feel like these days, I stay closer to home. Maybe that is what happens when you get married, get a shelter dog and an exhausting (but gratifying job). I walk the dog around the block a lot. This is the local frame shop. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in town. I especially liked it on this day because it was cloudy, and its color popped. I remember going there as a child with my parents and now I go there for my own items. It is so rare to have a small business around for that amount of time.
A sentimental year for sure. I asked Dad if I could borrow (and photograph) his old project and home movie reels. I just love the look of the machine (and the old footage). I yearn for the old days, sometimes.
This year, I felt I lost my connection to art. Well, this was the new muse that brought me back to life. Ironically, this building has been around my lifetime. Guess it was super special this day.
This year was not a good year. This path made me think a lot about life.
Mom celebrated a landmark birthday. My husband and I had so much fun making these cupcakes. It was a much needed distraction!
It was the year of giving. I chopped up my wedding dress and made gifts for family and friends. I kept a few items for myself.
This dog is so ridiculous sometimes. This photo makes me laugh so hard. This year I think the dog was in control of everything and the humans were along for the ride.
Well, there you have it! While this doesn’t sum up each year, it makes for some interesting memories. Welcome 2020!
My Favorite Photographers
- Annie Leibovitz – She is the only photographer who has a style that I recognize immediately. It takes a lot to stand out as a photographer. It isn’t like other media where the stroke of your hand makes a signature line that is unique to you!
- Sally Mann – I always liked her portraits but didn’t really fall in love with her until I read her memoir Hold Still. WOW. I highly recommend the book.
- Bill Cunningham – Ok, so I maybe hoped and prayed everytime I went to New York City that Bill Cunningham would drive by me on his bicycle and capture my photo. A girl can dream. Always enjoyed seeing his photographs in the New York Times. I recommend the documentary about him called Bill Cunningham New York. You will fall in love with him.
- Diane Arbus – I remember seeing her photographs in a library book in college and being blown away. What in the world was I looking it? She is like no other.
- Cindy Sherman – Thank you Cindy Sherman for getting me started in my college photography class. I really enjoyed her self portrait film stills. Self portraits were my way out of Alopecia hell. I tip my hat to you Cindy!
Wow this weather is depressing!
Well, I finally did it. I retired. Not from my full time job of course, but as a wedding/portrait photographer! Once I purchased an iPhone, I never really brought my camera anywhere. But I am not totally pleased with iPhone cameras so I decided it was time to buy a camera that was high quality but compact enough to carry around while I walk.
I did a bit of research and decided to go with a Canon camera. I love it. Here are the first test shots with the camera. Not bad. Can’t wait to shoot more.
I should have posted all the photos I took today, side by side. It was a gray day today but that always makes for dramatic photographs! Yay!