December 30, 2010

A Year

I was going to simply post my favorite 10 images from the year, but then I read Brian Matiash’s 2010 retrospective. And then Mike Olbinski’s. I though, “Those BASTARDS – Setting the bar higher, yet AGAIN! I can’t cut a break, even during the holidays!”

Seriously, both are great posts. “Must Read” material. If you are not visiting Brian and Mike’s sites daily, you should be. More suggestions later in this post, so pay attention.

Now where was I? Top 10 … bar high … right.

So Brian and Mike’s posts got me thinking about the importance of collaboration, critique and influence. And friendship. Yes. That too. Lots of friends here.

Throughout 2009, I posted to Facebook and got great feedback. So I decided to start a blog and put myself out there a little further. I had never done a blog and I didn’t know anyone doing it but, “What the hell,” I thought. “Worst case, my mom will be able to see my images every day.” (Well, she would If she had a computer, but that’s a story of technology aversion … you know what I mean.)

Then I started using Twitter. Then I started meeting people online with similar photographic interests. I got introduced to other styles, tools and techniques. I started learning from them. I started to improve in composition, in processing, and in seeing.

Soon, my Daily Interweb Photo Walk started taking me to places like Boston where I saw the familiar through different eyes, Portsmouth NH to see the daily life of a seaside community and Austin, TX with its great architecture. I chased storms in Phoenix Arizona, walked the streets of New York City and beneath the streets of Seattle. I visited places like North Carolina, Minnesota and Canada (and I always thought they were the same place!). I trotted the globe to GreatGreatBritian and Caracus Venezuela. I even got committed to Insane asylums in Germany.

At each stop I took a little something. I hope I left a little something behind.

I feel blessed to be part of such a great community of (unrepentant) HDR photographers and fans. So thanks to all of you (and so may other), for providing your daily doses of inspiration. Thanks for your comments, critiques and support.

Now, back to business. My 10 favorite images from the past year:

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Maybrook Stairwell: I still love the mills. They have been a great playground for me. And, since I am known as “The Stair Whisperer” (thanks to Brian Matiash), I had to include one stairwell image. I also picked this one because it is heavily influenced by my good friend Jacques Gudé. I’m constantly amazed by his skills and insanely jealous of those asylums.

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Christopher’s Room: This image is personal to me. The bedroom of a fallen marine. Read the original post for more informartion.

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The Workstation: This is my favorite image from my month long series of Bolton Emerson Americas, a 75 year old (and going strong) machine shop in Lawrence, MA. They were wonderfully accommodating to my pohotographic intrusions!

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Sherpa: Summer. Camping. Great scenery and a great companion. My son, Ryan on the shore of Jordan Pond at sunset.

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A Glance Skywards: Dave Wilson, Brian Matiash and I spent a day bracketing Boston. This was one of my favorite shots from that epic day.

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The Word: Another shot from that day. Yes. Photography can be a spiritual thing.

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Theater of the Absurd: The Belchertown State School was the site of a few shoots. I hit it solo, and also with Brian, Jacob Lucas and Pat O’Brien. Each shoot more fun than the previous.

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Unknown: My first visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

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The Water Slide: From the Off Season Series.

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The Lobsterman’s Shack: Just because I like it.

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  1. What a simply wonderful post, Bob. You always manage to deliver your own style of photography and anecdotes in a voice that is genuine and warm. I’m very thankful to know you and to have so many opportunities to shoot with you.

    Let’s rock it out in ’11!

  2. Congratulations on a great year with your blog! I have to say I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know you, as well as, shoot with you. I wish you continued success and hope we can connect on another photoshoot in 2011.

  3. Great collection of images. I like how you describe your online image viewing as your ‘Daily Interweb Photo Walk’. I had not really thought of this activity as an internet Photo Walk, but that’s what it is. I’m very glad you started this blog and even happier that I managed to find out about it. Have a great 2011!

  4. Great post and great images Bob. It truly is a daily photowalk around the world these days, with your site being one of the first stops every day!

  5. A source of learning, inspiration and camaraderie. You are second to none, good sir, and this blog entry today has further fueled the passions of my own journey. Thanks for everything you do for the community as a whole Bob, it sure would not be the same without you.

  6. Very nice retrospective, Bob. You’ve done insanely well over the past year, and I look forward to each and every post from you. Good luck in the new year! (PS: My mother loves the image!)

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  8. It’s been an awesome year Bob. I’ve enjoyed your photos and can’t wait to see what is to come. So glad we met this year as well!

  9. Great post, Bob! I had a great time getting to know you this year and had even more fun exploring the Boston mills through your awesome photographs. Can’t wait to see what you’ll bring us in 2011!

    Oh, and thanks for the shout out! Go Canada!

  10. Another great “Best of” post for 2010. Why am I enjoying everyone else’s work more than mine this year, I wonder? Great collection, Bob – I look forward to more of the same in 2011.

  11. Great set of images! I came over here from Brian’s blog, and will definitely spend some time looking through your archives. I look forward to seeing what you bring about in 2011!

  12. Congrats on an epic year, Bob! It was a real privilege to meet and shoot with you in 2010. Let’s make sure it happens again in 2011.

  13. Great word and stunning pictures, Bob. Congratulations and HappY New Year. I discovered your blog after joining to Twitter and #hdr community there, and I am glad to visit your blog everyday. Great stuff and inspiration here. About creating a blog, it is a task for me for 2011, and I have seen in this post that you do in 2009. I love the format of your blog, so if you have a suggestion to know how design a blog like that, I will thank you. Thx in advance and my best regards,


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    Thanks all, for the wonderful comments and kind words! I appreciate the support and encouragement.

    Sergio, Looking forward to your blog in 2011. I do recommend WordPress. There are many themes out there that are highly customizable. I use ProPhoto (as do many friends here). It is solid.

  15. A superb retrospective Bob, and a really interesting mixture of photographs. Thanks for sharing your work, and I look forward to seeing lots more of it in the future.

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