So how was the year 2020.
This year was everything but normal.
Pandemic changed everything that we planned and with no travel, there were a lot less photographic opportunities. Same applies for exhibitions and festivals.
The year 2020 in numbers:
Photo trips: 10
Compared to the previous year this number is so low. But Covid-19 has a lot to do with this. Since March we have been in lockdown and travel was very restricted. Although 10 photo trips seem like not a lot I am very grateful that I went out and shot some film. I really hope 2021 will be better.
Films exposed/processed: 25 rolls( 35mm and 120 )+ 45 large format 4×5 exposures.
The final count of the produced work was quite impressive. My expectation was a lot less. I did not go out very often but I did quite a few 35mm films shoots at home, recording lockdown. The plan is to produce a photo book from this material when we are back in “normal”. Also, my older son Tom started to shot film ( he bought his own Olympus Mju) which made me very happy.
The big news is I have started to develop my colour negative films this year! I guess the next step is to learn how to develop slides.
Yeah, as expected I did not participate on any festival or exhibition. Nobody did, everything was cancelled. Even Photoshow in Birmingham was cancelled this year.
New cameras: 2+1
Firstly I would like to say, I don’t need more cameras. But, I bought a few more anyway :-).
The first camera bought this year was my childhood dream camera. Nikon F4 king of the SLRs. I always wanted this camera and this year I decided to pull the trigger and get one on eBay. What a beauty! I really love this camera.
The second camera I bought was a little plastic fantastic Sprocket Rocket made by Lomography. Just for fun. It produces brilliant but not very sharp panoramic images. I love it.
+1 is a drone. Yes, I decided to go back to droning and I bought a DJI Mavic mini. So I can fly again.
Photo books: 4
I was so grateful for the opportunity lock-down gave me. Yes, grateful.
Suddenly, I had the time to go through my archives and put together a collection of my favourite shots. While ago, I named collection of my landscape work Lands of The Light. Idea was to produce summary landscape books from different countries I have visited. Lands of The Light/Slovakia book was completed a few years ago and it was time for Great Britain landscapes. I have divided GB into years and created Lands of The Light/Great Britain vol.1 (2006-2012) and Lands of The Light/Great Britain vol.2 (2013-2018). Blurb.co.uk was my chosen printer service and I am very pleased with the quality they produce. Have a look and click on the links above.
I had one book on my to-do list for 5 years and never had a chance to work on it. It was the book of the first 6 years of the life of my younger son. I forgot how enjoyable family shots can be. This was really enjoyable work and this book was also printed via blurb.co.uk.
Wedding shots: 1
In general, I’m trying to get away from shooting weddings but this was an exception. I shot the wedding of Veronica and Graham in August.
Covid – 19 regulations made this a unique ceremony, where we had to wear face masks. But despite that, this wedding was fabulous and I enjoyed it a lot.
There is not a single biggest disappointment in 2020. Travel restriction affected all of us and I did not go out shooting as often as I wanted. That was depressing.
I was disappointed because of all cancelled exhibitions and shows. I really missed that…
So how was the year 2020?
In summary, 2020 was not a bad year photographically. I did manage to go out and shoot a bit, I did a lot of photographing around our house and family. Also, I managed to complete my portfolio books which made me happy. Bought a drone again and surprisingly really enjoyed go back into flying.
For 2021 I wish for all of us good health and lots of inspiration.
All the rest will come with it.
How was your year? Let me know in the comments box below!