So, once again, as it happens every year, New Year’s Eve has arrived. The new year of 2018 is less than two hours away as I write this here in New York, and I’ve been spending the day doing my traditional New Year’s Eve activity of making charitable donations that I’d been putting off doing until now, or had simply forgotten to do. I also prepared and submitted photographs to a competition which ends tomorrow night (or is it tonight?)
I’m also due to make a blog post, so I guess it’s appropriate that I do a review of the year as I sometimes do, especially as 2017 has been a fairly busy for me as far as photography is concerned. The primary reason for this is that I worked a fair amount of overtime last year at work for comp time, which gave me more time to travel this year, and I definitely made use of it.
My first trip of the year was to Egypt in February for a bit over two weeks. Getting there seemed a bit dubious for a time, as there was a snowstorm in New York the day I had to fly there, but there was no problem in reality. I had been to Egypt once before, way back in 1980, and I had been wanting to go back, so I’m glad that I finally did. I was last in Egypt 37 years before, which may seem like a long time, but to a place like Egypt it’s but the blink of an eye. I also visited a lot of places that I had not been to the first time, and I am planning to go back another time to see more places that I have not been to yet.
The second trip of the year was to Italy in June for three weeks. The beautiful land of Italy is a place that I can visit every year (if only for the food), but I was last there in 2009, and while it may not be 37 years, being away from a place like Italy for eight years still seems like a long time. As in Egypt, I visited places I had been before (Rome, Florence, Venice) but also went to new places like the Italian Riviera and Bolzano up in the German speaking south Tyrol region, which is an interesting mix of Italian and Austrian cultures.
My third international trip of the year was to England for almost a week and a half in July. This was a different trip than the others, as I primarily went to attend a language class in London for five days, but I also brought my camera equipment with me – not to do travel photography, as I did on the first two trips, but to photograph my first art nudes of the year. I had never photographed nudes in England before, so it was a bit of a treat to finally doing so for three days – one working with a couple of models in a large studio setting north of London, one photographing a model in an artist’s large apartment in East London and one wonderful day spent with another photographer and three of England’s best models at a number of outdoor locations.
My art nude photography didn’t end there, as in August I attended a two day workshop near Woodstock, New York, run by George Holz and Kim Weston. I don’t usually attend workshops that much anymore, but occasionally I do if I don’t have the time to organize some photo sessions of my own, and it gives me a chance to meet some new models and other photographers. Going upstate in the summer for some photography is also a good excuse to get out of the city for a few days.