So, here goes. My top ten photos of 2018. Well, in fact this post will just go through 6-10 in reverse order.
Above is number 10. Admittedly this year was slim pickings for street photography. I quite literally didn’t do much of it. In February I participated in the 24 hour project in Busan. That was probably the only time I really concentrated on taking street photos in any seriousness. I took the above in Busan, but not during that event. My wife and I went back later for a housing convention. These people were having their eyes massaged. Honestly, this type of photo I’ve seen hundreds of times. I don’t really want to like it but I kind of do. Their blank expressions perfectly mimicked my own boredom at that moment. Picking tiles, not my thing.
This is a photo of one of my bros and mentors, Junku Nishimura, and my wife Seonju. They have become quite close. He treats me like a little brother so I guess they spend lots of their time discussing my ineptness at being a real man, ha. He is easily my favourite photographer. I think it is easy to see the influence. He came to Korea in May for our wedding even though it was the busiest time of his year. I think their pose was great. Like some noir movie. Also in one of my favourite places in Iksan, a place we just call Palm Tree because of the outside neon palm tree shaped light. It’s gone now.
I’m not sure many people will agree with this one. It is just a photo of a tree. I remember that day well. It had snowed all night and was a proper snow storm in the afternoon as well. I took photos of this tree often as I left my house as a kind of warm up (guess I’m still an athlete at heart). I moved from this place shortly after this. I am happy I have this photo. It is an important memory.
Well, you’ll start to see a theme from here on out. This is my wife. I make no excuses for this. I love taking photos of my wife. You may be surprised it is a colour photo. This is one of those moments I was so happy I had a digital camera instead of a film one. The sunset behind her was so great. The light from an oncoming car light her face. One of those moments I could never recreate.
Ironically this is from the same roll as the mushroom cloud tree above. Three photos from that roll were among my favourite ten of the year. This photo is a good example of why I think I need to shoot film the majority of the time. The was the sixth photo of six I took of the same scene. The first five were rubbish. This one, ended up being one of my favourites of the year. Interesting that. If I’d been shooting digital I’d have just left after the first looked trash. With film, I had the hope that any one of them would be good. It is kind of the opposite of what most people would think. I guess that is just the strange way my brain works. One thing I’ve come to realize however is that considering all the cameras I change one thing always stays similar. Of my best photos the best digital photos are usually from small cameras. Exactly the opposite with film. Go figure.
That was 6-10 of my favourite photos this year. You can probably guess some of the rest if you’ve followed me long enough. Have a go in the comments 😉
Also, I wanted to thank everyone for the overwhelming support with me picking the blog back up again.
These are really great picks, thank you for posting! My fav would be 10 🙂
haha, interesting 😉 I like that one as well.
Fine choice, mushroom-cloud for me, goggles close second; got me itching to do my own now. 😊
haha, would like to see it 😉
I have the same thing when using film. I tend to work the scene more. With digital i tend to get more discouraged with my ineptitude. For some reason I am able to treat the ricoh GRII like a film camera.
For me I think I treat compact cameras more like film cameras as well. I don’t know what it is about bigger digital cameras but I tend to completely pack it in after a shot or two.
Number 6 is my favourite.also ,about No7,i prefer B&W too but sometimes I see a picture that is definitely a colour picture like No7. and I get frustrated cause I don’t like mixing colour and bw work
Haha. I only get frustrated because I’m colourblind and have a hard time knowing what the tones are.
I’m colourblind too ! colourblind photographers of the world should unite :))
Absolutely loved this blog post! It’s great to see people take more time to reflect on there photos rather than just post on social media. Super inspiring, thank you.
Thanks! I want to put a lot more time in my blog this year 🙂
Totally agree with miff, I also learn so much more from a blog post with some comments and reflections than from a social media post; really prefer the blog. So thanks much for sharing your favourite photos from 2018 here, Josh – and maybe you can even turn a collection of blog posts into a zine some day.