Retrospective 2012

Sthlm, 2012: Contact

Sthlm, 2012: Contact

So the time has come to check out what 2012 was all about. Let´s start off with some number magic, generated by WordPress data mining gnomes:

Crunchy numbers

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 22,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

In 2012, there were 53 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 240 posts. There were 189 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 47 MB. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 1,177 views. The most popular post that day was 2011 Retrospective.

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

All in all, I had visitors from 111 countries. Most came from Sweden, followed by the US and UK. 

But what about the content?

Ok, thanks WordPress. The numbers look all right to me, but the main point of having a photo blog is the content you provide it with. Let´s break my photographic year down:

What worked well

  • Reading and understanding the light gets more and more rewarding
  • The equipment is rarely an issue – I nail it when I see it
  • Shooting night life images with the Ricoh GRD – great action
  • Printing my own images – finally controlling the end result
  • Migrating from Pentax to Fujifilm turned out to be non problematic
 

What could have worked better

  • My freakin back. Stopped me from carrying a dslr for several months and killed my enthusiasm. 
  • The balance between work and free time
  • Everyday shooting

What to do in 2013

I have all the gear that I need (yeah right ; ), so my main priority will have to be to get out on the streets with my camera more often. That won´t happen by it self, so I need to do some serious planning and time boxing:

  • Create everyday routines that inspires and put me in inspirational situations.
    • Jump off the metro att the “wrong” station in the morning and take a walk to the office
    • Repeat when leaving the office
    • Blitz photography during lunch breaks
  • Find ways to dedicate time for photography
    • Pick a spot and stay there. Better one hour in one place, than six minutes in ten.
    • Weekend trips to other cities.
  • Shoot like crazy, but make every exposure count. :)

The result

 
Ok, enough of this introvert stuff. Here is a selection of images from 2012 that I´m satisfied with. If I wanted to do a true 360° retrospective, I should analyze this collection and compare them to earlier years to understand of where I´m heading. On the other hand, it´s much more interesting to hear what other people feel about my work, than telling them what to think. Even though the photos are made in a documentary tradition, I think most of them could be read different depending on the viewer. The meaning of the images are what you experience.

Feel free to comment if you like! And a Happy New Year!!!

/Jimmy ;D

5 thoughts

  1. En del bra föresatser inför de nya året, gillar särskilt “weekend trips to other cities”! Kanske något att ta efter?!
    Gott slut och Gott Nytt År (igen),
    /Matti

    • Yepp – korta fototrippar är nog den bästa investeringen för både kött och ande ;P

      Blir det ingen årskavalkad på din blogg i år eller har jag missat den?

      Nåja – hoppas du avslutar med stil och går in i 2013 med en schwung värdig en mästare! :)

      • Tack vare dig :) satte jag ihop ett gäng bilder från 2012 som jag kommer att köra i sexdelar fr o m i morgon. Tänkte vidare på de korta citytripparna, det är många städer som bara ligger några timmar bort: Dublin, Manchester, London, Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam för att nämna några.

        • Nice – ska kolla in dem! Ja, visst känns tripparna realistiska? Man kan ju dra till London över en helg nästan gratis nu för tiden, så varför stånka runt på plattan i tid och otid? Är du på?

          • Javisst! Och i maj kommer ju även tillfällen till lite längre tripper.

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