Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Year That Was

A picture from October. A girl on the beach in Kao Seng, Songkhla, Thailand. 

It's that time of year when every photographer goes through his archive to pull out his "Pictures of the Year." It gives us a chance to look back on what we've done and consider our hits and misses. 

2012 was a year of change for me. After 28 years of work as a photojournalist for daily newspapers, I struck out on my own as a freelance photojournalist based in Bangkok, Thailand, fulfilling what has been a lifelong dream. 

I've been on a wild ride since leaving the newspaper on June 1. I've made more photos that matter to me in the last six months than I did in the last six years at the paper. I started my "unemployment" with a quick road trip to Ft. Defiance, AZ, on the Navajo Nation and didn't stop after that. 

Here are some of my favorite photos from the year that was. There is a slideshow of all my favorites at the end of this blog entry.

A preacher (right) delivers an altar call during the annual Camp Meeting in Ft. Defiance on the Navajo Nation. 

Driving back to Phoenix from the Camp Meeting I stopped at a bull riding school on the "rez."I used a 50mm f1.2 lens to make this picture.  

Politics is one of my favorite things to photograph. In February, the GOP Presidential candidates met in Mesa for one of their seemingly endless sequence of debates. I took time off from the paper so I could photograph the debate for myself. 

Republican Congressman David Schweikert reaches out to a supporter during his primary election night victory party in Phoenix. I photographed Congressman Schweikert several times during his primary campaign and he was comfortable with me being around, so I was able to make some candid frames of him, without handlers and PR people getting in the way. 

In May, I went to the National Cemetery in Phoenix to photograph Scouts placing flags on veterans' graves. I used the 24mm f1.4 wide open at f1.4 to get the narrow depth of field. 

Back in Thailand, in November, I photographed an anti-government protest for Getty Images. In this photo, anti-government protesters run from tear gas fired by riot police. (Photo used courtesy of Getty Images. © Jack Kurtz/Getty Images) 

Finally, most of the photos in my archive are available for editorial use or self fulfillment as prints. If you see something you'd like to use or just hang on the wall, click on the "Add to Cart" button and follow the onscreen prompts.