In 2016 I embraced a few photographic forms that I have come to really like: Monochromatic (Black & White and Sepia), Still Life, and Portraiture. Several of the photos below are examples of more than one of these forms.
Some of my favorite photos of the year were what I would refer to as "impressionistic." That is they are images that evoked something–a thought, a feeling, a concept–beyond what is represented literally. I am drawn to what some people call "contemplative" photography: a kind of meditative practice in which the photographer is encouraged to try to capture a flash of perception, being less concerned with traditional rules and constraints of the discipline of photography and going for a representation of the truth of the situation as he/she experienced it. The photo below of petals floating on my swimming pool one afternoon is an example of something that just caught my eye and spoke to me, called to me as it were. This is where I find the most joy in my photographic practice and want to find my way back to this more meditative way of expressing what I see and feel.
The images below are some of my favorites taken in 2016 because of what they meant to me. Although I think that there are always places I might have made better technical decisions, these were images that spoke to me in some way or another.