2018 was an important growth year for my photography as a transition from ‘representation’ to ‘reference’ marked more and more of my work. While evolutionary changes featured prominently in the selection of the final candidate pool (11 of the twelve finalists employed ‘evolved’ capture or processing techniques to infuse the images with emotion, mystery or other emphases referencing my interpretation of the scene rather than merely providing an accurate representation) as well as in the selection of my favorite image from 2018, ‘revolutionary’ progression turned out to be the discrimating factor in the identification of what I considered to be my most important image of the year. So in trying to identify my ‘Best’ image from 2018 I was confronted with the need to pick between the ‘most important’ and ‘my favorite’.
Or was I?
After much hand-wringing I resolved the conundrum by making two choices. In short - I cheated. Only the second day of the New Year and I have already cheated!
By way of rationalization, I feel it is important to explain the categorical distinction between ‘Most Important’ and ‘Favorite’ categories since the criteria used to identify the most important image differ significantly from those viewers (including myself) likely apply in the selection of their personal favorite(s).
My Favorite image of the year is “9:25pm, Liverpool” (above). This long exposure (50 sec) capture was the most and best planned image I’ve ever taken; location, angle, time of day and effect of shutter speed were all carefully considered and refined on site. The resulting ‘blue hour’ image conveys the vitality of the Albert Docks of Liverpool by revealing the movement of the water, the clouds and the traffic while showing to advantage the bright colors of the Liverpool's illuminated iconic architecture and their reflections in their urban environment. The capture and processing decisions effectively convey my feelings and experiences of that evening, transcending a static view of the location that in earlier stages of my work would easily have qualified for best image consideration.
So there you have it. My Favorite and my Most Important images.
So what is my Best Picture of 2018? That's up to you ..... as it should be.