So 2018 has been and gone and good riddance! In many ways 2018, like 2017 before it, was a year of transition and self reflection for me both personally and photographically. In 2017 I started my masters at Falmouth University as a way of perhaps re-evaluating my practice and to find my direction, but it took longer than I expected and coming into 2018 I felt just as confused and lost as to my place in the photographic community. What followed was a year of stops and starts and meandering. I’m not going to lie, it was a tough year professionally and personally as I struggled with depression through the middle part of the year. Despite the gloomy undertones there were some truly great times too and in truth these difficult times have shaped my approach and my determination to make the most of the year ahead.
I think I start most years intending to blog more, but last year was really a poor showing with a grand total of 5 posts, three of which I wrote for the Photograd blog whilst I was traveling in Vietnam and Singapore (thanks again for the opportunity!) So this year I am going commit to writing at least one more post than last year (I hope to do more than that, but realistic goals and all that).
Visiting Singapore and Vietnam was definitely the highlight of the year and I was so inspired that I completed two projects whilst I was there. At least one of which will be published this year.
2018 also marked 10 years of photographing Morocco, this lead me to revisiting the work and I have begun collecting it into a single coherent body of work. Morocco is a magical place and somewhere I have enjoyed visiting over the years, however I think it is time to draw a line under this work. There may be opportunities to return in the future, but I think I have moved on from this work. I still enjoy looking at it and I am proud of the results.
The important thing for 2019 is new work! With my MA coming to an end there will be a final project involved which will be focussing on my home town of Newhaven in East Sussex and the surrounding area. I lived there for nearly 25 years and yet have never really photographed it. It is important to sometimes turn the camera inwards and that is something I look to explore more of over the next twelve months.
I already have a few blog post ideas lined up so I hope I will beat my intended target early on.
Here’s to new starts, progression and a solid 2019!