2012: It was a very good year….
My head has been swimming with ideas about today’s post–perhaps a Best Of listing or favorite images of 2012…but I am sort of tired of all of that and am more interested in non-visual thinking today.
The end of the year New York Times Magazine is always a fantastic issue, and one of the highlights for me in yesterday’s magazine was reading “Lessons For The Living From The Departed”. Here are a few tidbits….
Written by Edith Zimmerman about author Erica Kennedy:
Written by Maria Popova about author Ray Bradbury:
For myself, it’s been a wonderful year. So many unexpected opportunities, so many new experiences and friendships, and lots of new insights into my own work and the idea of being a photographic artist. I didn’t finish any projects, but worked hard at some new ones, and it’s been a year where most of the best work was made in my head, not through the lens. So at year end, I have just a couple of simple thoughts….
It’s OK to fail. You learn more from failure, than from success. It becomes a time to take stock and reassess. Success is fleeting anyway…it’s all about being true to yourself and making the best work possible. And often, your best work rises from the ashes of failure, when you change directions.
It’s OK not to show up at every party and to submit to every opportunity.
Don’t be so serious. We need more humor in our lives and in our work.
So here’s to a wonderful 2013….a year of creativity, of peace, of kindness, of growth. Thank you for your support and friendships, your wonderful photographs, and most importantly, for being a community that has enriched my life profoundly.
Check in tomorrow for the 4th annual Favorite Images of the Year post…
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