Happy New Year, folks!
There should be more to life than just talking about the 'crisis'. I'd love to think and write 'hey, it's over, it's a world of possibilities!' - but I don't want to copy the forced optimism of our Mrs. Merkel. As I've written yesterday, the next year will be a rough one, who knows what we're going to see in the Euro zone, in the Middle East, and in the economic world, to name but a few.
I just checked last year's resolutions; except one (the last) I was pretty good in 2011. It was a challenging year, for me less than for many persons around me, who experienced bad health, a crashed marriage, or a broken relationship. It was an exhausting year as well, especially at work, which made me downright collapse last week and having a rather sleepy Christmas. Not being a workaholic at all, I realized that finding a better work/life balance will be one of my personal challenges for 2012 and beyond.
Now for the photography: I'm intending to take much larger photos than I did until now. 'Large' in a literal sense: next year I'm trying to do much more medium format, and, for the first time, large format. I'm now experienced enough to go that step further. All this will happen on film, I've understood how to develop B/W and colour photos, and the hybrid method (take on film, scan, process digitally) seems to be the royal road.
Another thing: image #1500 will be the last one I'm going to publish on this platform. A few days ago was my fourth anniversary of being here; four years of daily publishing a photo and being part of this great community has taken me on a long journey, and sometimes it was a hard ride, but it's slowly coming to an end here. Before delving into the reasons for this step I'd like to ask you: What is your experience here, were your expectations always fulfilled, and did you try different platforms? I'd love to hear your opinions.