So my 2016 review is being published a few days into 2017, but I’ve got a good reason (I think). Yesterday I completed one year as a full-time staffer at a daily newspaper. And even in the last day or two, I’ve shot two assignments that made it into this review – so I figure that’s a good justification for leaving it until a year to the day.
365 days. Mix in the weekends – when I still thought about this job, edited for this job, planned for this job – and I’ve been a staffer every day for a year. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that there were many days when I thought I’d never get here.
On the way, I’ve made many friends. I’ve learned a number of things about photojournalism and myself and what it means to be a full-time employee. I’ve remembered why I’ve loved photojournalism since I was a sophomore in high school; I’ve remembered why it’s given me many headaches and sleepless nights.
Here are my moments from 2016. I hesitate to call it a best-of, because one thing I learned this year is that I’m not always the best self editor. I have a bad habit of picking photos for the moments they remind me of, for fleeting feelings that don’t always translate. I hesitate to “kill my darlings,” as they say. That’s a goal of mine for 2017: edit myself better, and reach out to my many resources for a more critical eye.
With that in mind, here are some of the things I saw in 2016. And here’s to another, better year.
And a small shout out to one of the best things I ran into on assignment this year, Samantha the Bernese Mountain Dog. Her owners are also pretty great. And yes, a puppy really is one of the highlights of my year. Just look at her.
Photo by Michael Cary Arellano