Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
It might be slightly belated but I hope everyone reading this has had a very merry Christmas and celebrated the New Year with family and friends! December was an extremely busy month for me (hence the lack of blog posts) with work, Christmas shopping, and finding time to reach my goal of completing 55 Wainwrights before Christmas! Looking back on 2016 it's been a brilliant year for many reasons - I graduated from uni with a First Class Degree in Photography, I started my first full time job before uni had even finished, I travelled to beautiful places including Iceland & Croatia, I photographed the most weddings I've ever done in one year, I exhibited some work at an exhibition in China and I hiked up 32 more Wainwrights (bringing my total to 56 - I acheived my target before Christmas!) ...
Thinking back on the last 12 months makes me realise how much you can achieve in just 1 year if you work hard enough. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store - I have already got some exciting travel plans to Germany and the USA, and hopefully another exhibition (more details to follow soon) but it's exciting to think what unexpected advetures could unfold!
I don't tend to make New Years Resolutions but instead I set myself goals that I'd like to achieve. This year my goals are:
1. Reach a total of 100 Wainrights (that's another 44 to climb - I better get going!)
I have really enjoyed ticking off the Wainwright fells recently. I have always enjoyed exploring the Lakes and often went for short walks with my family when I was younger, but it was only when I took on the challenge of the Kentmere Horseshoe in 2014 that I decided to try and walk all 214 of the Wainwright fells. I did some research and found a list of the fells, a handful of which I could already tick off, and since then I have been set on completing them all. With 32 completed over the last 12 months I aim to top this in 2017 and get my total up to 100 - just below the halfway point. I can't wait for more adventures in the fells and to explore parts of the Lake District that are a bit further afield.
2. Begin another photography project
Since finishing uni I have enjoyed a break from the whole process of researching and creating a whole project from scratch, carrying around mountains of gear, and editing 100's of images every week. Final year was really tough and although the hard work paid off, I was certainly glad when it was all over! However, after 6 months of just taking photos for fun I feel like I'm ready for another project. I have a few ideas already but no doubt things will change once the project gets underway - the final work is never how you imagined it at the beginning! It will be interesting to see where 2017 takes my photography, so watch this space for updates!
3. Get back into shooting on film
Another thing I seem to have taken a break from over the last few months is shooting on film. I have built up a huge collection of old film cameras - both working and non-working - and used to always take one along with me on my walks. Lately I have left the film cameras at home (usually because I just forget them!) but I hope to get back into film photography this year as I love the excitement of seeing how the images will develop.
4. Keep up with my blog!
My final goal for 2017 is to keep up with blog posts better! I found it really easy to blog while I was at uni as there was usually a lot going on that I could write about, but it was also a part of one of my modules to documnet my final project through a blog. Once again, since finishing uni my blog has taken a back seat as I have adjusted to full time working hours and filled my weekends with fell walking. Now the new year has begun I hope to change this and make more time for sharing my adventures with you all. I also hope to change the style of my blog slightly to include more detailed descriptions of the routes that I walk in case anyone wants to give them a go themselves, maybe some tutorial style posts about kit and shooting techniques, and maybe even some posts looking at different equipment I own and the pros and cons of each (let me know in the comments if you think these sound like good ideas or not - I'm interested to hear what sort of content you'd like to read about)!
So once again I hope you've all had a great Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2017, filled with lots of fun, adventures, and happiness! I look forward to seeing what this year brings for us all...