A look back, with chagrin

Today is the start of my seventh year of blogging, and my fourth year on the current WordPress site. Because we’re friends, and you won’t judge me too harshly, I thought I’d take some time today to show you how far I’ve come since that day I started.

January 1, 2009:
Jan 1 2009
(What a tiny image! What a poorly-framed shot! It’s a wonder I made it past the end of the week!)

January 1, 2010:
(Gracious. What the hell was going on here?! After a year of daily practice, this was all I had? No wonder I had a total of 5 followers at the end of that first year!)

January 1, 2011:
Jan 1
(Maybe I am finally making some photographic progress here. It took long enough, didn’t it?)

January 1, 2012
(Oh, yes. The year of the house renovation. And no furniture for the duration. What a pleasant time that was! I’m so glad I chose this bleak scene to start the year.)

January 1, 2013
(Here we go – now this stuff is starting to look like I shot it. After four full years, it’s about time.)

January 1, 2014
(And then there’s this, which featured a link to a non-related Talking Heads song.)

Which brings us to
January 1, 2015:
Who knows where I’ll take this photography thing this year?

To be honest, I have an idea or two. I’ve got a couple of book projects in the works, a return trip to the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in the spring, a new LensBaby to play with, another adventure with my friend Ehpem. And, of course, the blog.

Thanks to everyone who’s stuck with me through this. I look forward to another year, and hope you do as well!

(The first 2015 image is from Santa Fe, New Mexico.)

Posted on January 1, 2015, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. It’s nice to see the evolution of your photographic style


  2. There is no better place to begin 2015 than in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    I wish I could, literally, start 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Thanks for the pic of home.


    • I agree – Santa Fe WOULD be an excellent place to start the year. Although I’m not there now, if I think about it, I can smell the piñon smoke! Thanks for stopping by the blog, and taking the time to post a comment.


      • Pinon? Is that what that glorious smell is?

        You’ve just solved a mystery. I love that smell.

        Wow, Merry Christmas – to me 😉


  3. I love the spirit that underpin all your work.

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  4. Process and evolution is the magic of it all. Best wishes for a wonderful and creative new year, Melinda!


  5. Lensbabies are so much fun!


  6. Kudos to perserverance and inspiration


  7. Best wishes for 2015 first of all!
    So interesting to see the progress and own style you found thru the years, keep it up, Melinda!
    Hope to see much more of yours this year,


  8. I very much enjoyed seeming the progression – we all have it (I hope) – each day we shoot and refine our skills and vision – like any other art form, it just doesn’t happen…it takes a lot of practice.


  9. Thank you for sharing. It makes me feel better about my terrible skills! So there is hope for me, too. Yours weren’t bad to begin with, but the monumental leap between 2010 and 2011 is remarkable! And then all the evolution since then is fascinating. All the best in 2015.


  10. All the best for ‘Fifteen, Melinda. I admire folk that manage to post every day and go to work too. I’m retired and I don’t think I could keep that up, so how folk like you do it is beyond my imagination. Keep going, it’s a joy to be part of your visual journey.


  11. Happy New Year Melinda.

    The first photo subject matter is totally consistent with the 2015 Melinda, just not as well framed. Nice to see the evolution – you have made enormous strides.

    Six years solid of daily posting is a huge achievement. I’m only half way there and feeling a bit tired from all of it. But if I make it to six, and if I remember which seems a bit unlikely, I will do the same as you have done here, it would be interesting.


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