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11 photos from 2011

More a “sort of ok of” than a “best of”

in Photography , Sunday, January 08, 2012

Although the whole end-of-year list thing makes me a bit nauseous, I’ve seen so many “Top 10”, “Best of 2011” etc lists of photos that I felt I should do my own.  Actually it wasn’t very easy. I didn’t think I’d taken 10 good photos on 2011. I’m still not sure I have, but anyway, here are 11 I like. And it’s quite a diverse set.

2011 was probably not a classic year for me so far as photography is concerned. Work, and especially commuting, really eats into my time and destroys inspiration.  Nevertheless, according to my Aperture library I took 3915 photos, and that doesn’t include film. In 2011 I completely avoided high latitudes. The highlight was 10 days in the Aeolian Islands in March. I didn’t quite get the shots of Stromboli erupting in winter light that I envisaged, but I got closer than before. I also greatly expanded my library of Ticino mountain streams / rivers, especially Verzasca and its tributaries, and Calanca. I should probably do something with those one day. The rest largely come from various short breaks and holidays.

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January: Plaine Morte glacier, Valais, Switzerland. Olympus E-PL2.

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February: Rome at night, near the Trevi fountain. Olympus E-PL2.

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March: Stromboli eruption, from outlook on the old summit trail. Olympus E-3.

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May: Tuscany, the standard shot. Olympus E-PL2.

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May: Tuscany, Abbazia di Sant’Antimo. Olympus E-PL2.

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August: Ticino, Val d’Osura. Olympus E-3.

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August: Sea cave, Marettimo, Aegadian Islands. Olympus E-PL2.

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September: Cefalu, Sicily. Olympus E-PL2.

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October: Val Calanca, Graubunden. Olympus E-3.

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November: Val Verzasca, Ticino. Olympus E-3.

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December: Val Bedretto, Ticino. Olympus E-PL2.

Do you detect any kind of personal style in this motley collection ? I don’t!




Older Comments

from Project Hyakumeizan on Sun, January 08, 2012 - 6:05

The snow pictures particularly catch my eye - the Worshipful Company of Mountain Photographers should be seriously worried if you decide to break in on their territory ... as for the personal style, er, are we supposed to have one? Wasn’t it Walt Whitman or some other early photographer who said “I contain multitude of personal styles”? Or am I thinking of Deng Xiaoping - you know, the one who said “Who cares what colour the personal style is, so long as it catches mice.” You get my drift ...