Thursday, January 2, 2014

Another Year Down

2013 wasn't a kind year — not for me, nor for Steph, nor for family and friends. It was an all-around unfortunate twelve months, a year that I am glad is now behind me. That said, there were some good things that happened, for which I am quite thankful. I tried new ideas with my photography, namely my Equinox to Equinox project, which involved taking (at least) one photograph every day between the Vernal and Autumnal equinoxes. It forced me to try different approaches with my photography, and it made me take pictures even when outdoor conditions were not ideal. Photography aside, 2013 was also a year of much-needed escapism in the form of comic books, cartoons, and movies. We made friends online, strengthened friendships in town, and began an odyssey of figuring out how to live with food allergies and chronic illness.

Several times, this project was placed on the back burner — limited funds for traveling, limited energy for hiking, limited motivation on account of depression. I'm not as happy with my photography from 2013; while I did improve, I had a lack of subjects due to the reasons mentioned above. It was frustrating, and the long winter and cold summer certainly didn't help. However, the year ended with the harvest and processing of a roadkill deer — something that has always been a dream of mine, and something that is in-line with the core values of this project.

Gray Squirrel III
January 9

February 8

  Buck I
March 15
White-Footed MouseApril 24
   CurlMay 11
   Fish BonesJune 15
   GoodbyeJuly 13

   Sparrow Progress III 
August 14
   Trailside Pup VISeptember 8
   Garter Snake, In-Hand IIIOctober 9

   Black Friday III 
November 29

   December 31, 2013 
December 31

So, what can I hope for in 2014? If there's one thing I want more than anything else, it's stability — in all aspects of life. I haven't set any goals yet, at least not for this project. All I can hope for is to get outside when I can, take photographs when I can, and when I'm not doing those things, take care of Steph and myself. 2014 will be a better year. I look forward to seeing what it will bring.


  1. There is not enough words to describe how much I love your blog! :) Happy New Year!

  2. Just discovered your blog while attempting to identify a carnivore skull that I had found in the woods years ago and had boxed and forgotten about until moving from the Grand Traverse region to the Atlantic coast of Florida this year. Will continue to peruse your blog. Very intelligent commentary. Thank you!