New Year's Eve is here folks, and what a 2012 it has been! We had some major events take place over the course of the year. Major political elections, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hit the air, the end of the Mayan Calendar (and the looming apocalypse), and now Kanye and Kim Kardashian are expecting a child. Needless to say, it's been a horrible year for the most part. But... Maybe your photography improved over the past 12 months. I'd like to say mine has, but my year was filled with helping other photographers, models, designers and artists market themselves. In 2013, I plan to spend a little more time improving my skills as a photographer.
During this past year, the rise in popularity of smart phone photography has been very impressive. The level of technology we have reached to create compelling images with a phone has opened up the flood-gates for anyone with any inkling of visual creative expressionism to inspire others as an artist. I know this viewpoint will piss off many self-proclaimed artists and/or photographers who don't see smart phonagraphy the same way, but I consider myself both, and I have been humbled throughout the year at some of the amazing work I am seeing across some of the social networks.
As I mentioned earlier, my year in photography wasn't a hugely productive one. In fact, I shot more casual phone snaps throughout the year than I did photographing models with a reputable DSLR (Nikon bodies, if you're wondering). While I wish I would have forced myself to pick up a camera more, I really enjoyed my year of shooting casual images with a phone. That, my friends, is how my year in photography will end. One of my resolutions in the coming year is to shoot more complex photography that requires much more complex equipment (DSLRs, strobes, etc.) to create great images. Tonight however, I am perfectly content to take some great lasting memories with my trusty web-browsing-audible-info-requesting-communication device -- that just happens to have a camera in it. That is how I will probably spend the final minutes of 2012. Have a great New Year, and keep clicking that shutter! Regardless of what you're holding!