Year of the snake

So here we are in 2013, brand new and shiny as the day we were born. Or at least that’s the idea, right? I hope you all had a great one.

I pretty much went off the grid this holiday season. I checked the news and glanced at my inbox from time to time but made a conscious choice not to engage, not to reply. I needed to clear away the clutter and I knew disconnecting would be an essential part of that process. It worked. Of course I’ll now be spending a few days wading through the backlog…

There’s a sense of exhilaration that comes with flipping a calendar year. I know it’s entirely subjective and a bit of a scam but I have to admit I’m still taken in by the changes it promises, however fleeting. Everything suddenly seems just that much more possible. And I have to say I’m looking forward to this one. What felt like the cusp of something new but slightly undefined last year has now become a very clear horizon line. I’m passed the inception point and ready to tackle the road ahead.

I took a lot of pictures during the break but more importantly, I realized I took a lot of pictures I really like. More so than during any previous holidays. And what’s interesting is I’m actually shooting less frames than I ever have, spending less time in post-production, not because I do any less of it, but because I think I now tend to know what I want. I don’t fiddle as much as I used to, either during a shoot or after. I like that. I’m feeling pretty good about where I am creatively right now. Which I guess probably means I’ll be down in the dumps by February ;)

To kick it off I’ve decided to post a series called Holiday Diaries, with a new instalment every day this week starting tomorrow. It’ll allow me to share those new images I mentioned while also giving me time to clear that backlog and prepare for the projects ahead.

I’m a snake unfurling in the Year of the Snake. It almost feels prophetic.

Happy New Year everyone!