So here we are after a full year of picture-a-day marathon. This undertaking was a real test of steadfastness. I am glad that I was able to complete this project, albeit with a few delayed postings. There have been moments when I felt unsure, overwhelmed, tired, or uninspired. At those moments encouragement from several friends kept me going. I am lucky to have some wonderful colleagues who are also camera enthusiasts.
My camera buddy, colleague and friend Dr. Paari Swaminathan has been a dynamic force in setting things in motion. With Paari, I have traveled many many miles to take pictures. He has moved out of the town leaving a gaping hole in my photography world.
On numerous occasions I have discussed the camera angle, the light, the photo processing and have incorporated suggestions from Dr. Duane Hall. His quiet nod is usually sufficient to pacify my anxiety about a photograph.
I could not escape the influence of Dr. Adam Rokita‘s geometric composition style which we lovingly call ‘Rokit-esque’. Adam is a diehard medium format film photographer.
We lost our dear friend Marwan Mustafa, a medical student whose enthusiasm for photography was contagious. On one occasion, Marwan led us to a dark isolated wooded pond where we stood in tall grass through the night taking pictures of stars and the milky way.
Many a time when I had doubts about continuing the project, Dr. Olga Koval and Dr. Ekaterina Subbotina pushed me forward. Their support was instrumental in completion of this project. Dr. Subbotina is also a camera enthusiast who has accompanied me on photo trips.
Dr. Roseanne Wolf was my first model for the blog. She has always been interested in our photography and has approved our work with her trademark smile. In addition, Dr. Subbotina and Dr. Koval also helped me with their presence in front of the camera when I needed them most.
A couple of times my daughter and son held the camera for me and pressed the shutter. Those were some good pictures too.
Finally, this project would have existed in a vacuum had the readers and bloggers not given their tremendous support. With their encouragement, this project grew bolder. I learned things that worked or didn’t work. I gained confidence which is reflected in gradually more challenging and complex photographs. It was good to see so many bloggers return to the blog and leave comments. Many have been quietly influencing my photography. Whereas all of you have been guiding my blog, I would like to acknowledge a few here for their continued support; Julie-Faith, Aparna (Midnighthues), Ag (pixetera), 68ghia, ckponderings, Ninali, shutterbugsage, and Nonoymanga.
Now the completion of this project raises the question ‘what’s next’. I know that I will miss this blog and my fellow bloggers. I am toying with a couple of ideas to see if they materialize. I will keep you posted.
Thank you and A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 to you all!!!