My personal favorite from the train series. En route from Krakow to Lublin. A white gravel road in Polish fields.
I am aware that this post arrives a little late. Most top 10s of '12 post mid-December. That would exclude any images I might have taken for the remainder of the year. At least that is the excuse I am using to explain my absence from posting lately... Truth be told, I have been busy. A poor excuse. In any case, below are my top 10 images from 2012, an extremely prolific year for me. In summary, I travelled to 9 different countries and extensively throughout the southwest before relocating to the land of grime, brick, and skyscrapers (aka Chicago). I shot approximately 48,000 images on two new systems. I have completed my transition to Canon equipment, greatly enjoying the 5D Mark III. Additionally, I am using the Sony NEX-7 for street photography - an excellent little camera, only lacking in the quantity of quality lenses. I am looking forward to 2013 and hopefully I can reestablish my motivation for shooting, as it has been a couple months since I have even picked up my camera. Maja and I are planning a trip to Jordan in March, which I am confident will keep me shooting. Thanks for views in 2012 and I look forward to producing quality work in 2013.
In no particular order (it was difficult enough whittling these down to 10):
-Parliament at night, Budapest, Hungary
-Lake Hopfensee near Fussen, in Bavaria Germany
-Mounument Valley at sunrise, Navajo Nation, Arizona
-A couple enjoying drinks, overlooking the Parliament and Danude river in Budapest, Hungary
-Sunset overlooking Florence, from the Piazza Michelangelo viewpoint
-A morning stroll in Venice, Italy
-Forest in Poland
-Reflection in Venice, Italy
-Sunrise in Red Rock Conservation Area, Nevada
-Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California
A forgotten cemetery near Tomasżow, Poland. An amazing find and a testament to Poland's many historical treasures.
Rural roads, lush fields, and older women walking cows on chains are, to me, quintessential Poland. Since my first visit to Poland in 2009, I have wanted to capture this moment. It proved harder that I had anticipated. The Polish are by nature a little cold to strangers. And certainly to one with a camera pointed in their direction. Fortunately, I had an excellent Polish companion who was able to charm this nice woman into allow me to capture her journey home. This tradition of walking cows to a small plot of land separate from the owner's home, dates back to the Soviet occupation, where plots of land were granted to rural citizens to graze their cattle. As eastern Poland continues to develop, I fear this tradition will cease with this last generation, as private land is now commonplace. I was lucky to capture this moment.
Here are three more images from the "A View from a Train" series. Taken en route from Krakow to Lublin, Poland.
Welcome to the newly designed webpage! This update marks not only a change in design, but also of focus and style. With a recent relocation to Chicago and a current tour of Europe underway, I have my expanded my focus to more travel-oriented photography. Accordingly, I have added a Moments section to the gallery to place my street shots. You might recognize some of the captures from my old travel shots, but keep an eye on this page, it will be expanding with massive updates in the near future.
With that in mind, here is a recent update of my travels. I spent the past month visiting Estonia and Latvia (Tallinn and Riga respectively), followed by visits to Kraków and more rural regions of Poland. Maja and I are departing tomorrow to Budapest, followed by Vienna, Venice, Florence, Verona, the Dolomites, the Bavarian Alps, Munich, and Wrocław. We both very excited about this journey. Venice has been on my to-do list for far too long.
The following two captures are from a new series titled "A View from a Train". They represent my desire to express landscape photography in a new, and perhaps more abstract, way. I am very excited about this project and look forward to showing more images from this series soon.
I am very excited about this re-design, which will allow me to share content and blog posts in a more convenient and efficient manner. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning!!!