Well it is nearing the end of another year.
2016... I'm yet to meet someone that you were kind to!
Yes, it has been a challenging year personally and professionally for me - but with challenges come growth, and I have definitely grown in many ways.
I started the year launching the Walk on Water project in February. My goal was to shoot as many of SA's iconic jetties as possible. It was always going to be a tough ask during a year we had our second child, but creatively it was also difficult at times - finding a unique vision for each jetty wasn't always easy. I still have a couple of jetties left to shoot, but overall I am really pleased with the way the project forced me to locations I had never been before and pushed me to follow a theme, even when time and motivation was lacking. The Walk on Water calendar has so far sold 50 more than any other Earth Art calendar and a few prints of the images have also sold. So all in all, my major series for the year has been a success.
2016 also brought about an exciting partnership with NiSi Filters. I love partnering up with businesses/accommodation providers that I believe in and NiSi is certainly ahead of the pack when it comes to quality filters. It's been a pleasure working with the team to help push NiSi to new heights. I also have awesome partnerships happening with website provider FotoMerchant, deluxe accommodation Yondah Beach House and Yorke's Uncorked catering company as well as my awesome printer/framer Dan from Blackman Gallery.
I've never done that well in competitions as my style is not really suited - but I was fortunate enough to be shortlisted in the 2016 Australian Geographic Landscape Photographer of the year competition this year. It is a great honour to be shortlisted in this comp and was really good to meet a bunch of other talented Aussie photographers at the ceremony. Although I didn't win - my image was included in the Australian Geographic calendars and diaries that are sold throughout Australia.
Speaking of comps - I was also excited to be asked to judge the 2016 Nature Conservancy Photo Comp with fellow photographers Esther Beaton and Michael Snedic. It was my first time judging and I really enjoyed the process and the way it made me think differently to how I normally think.
Photography has pretty much come to a standstill for me in the last few months of the year as I have been doing a lot of Stay at Home dad work - but the first 8 months of the year netted me my highest amount of photos I have ever taken in a year - with shoots including Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Flinders Ranges, Limestone Coast x3 and Fleurieu Peninsula x3
I launched metal prints for the first time in 2016 and they have been a real hit with 14 sales for the year, all 36" or larger. I also sold 20 framed prints, 12 canvas prints and a bunch of matted and plain prints. I have noticed a real trend towards images being purchased at bigger sizes this year which is great. My work is designed to be printed and viewed large format and I love it when customers go big!
Many thanks to everyone for their support throughout 2016 - whether it be a kind word, a purchase or even just a photo like.. they are all valuable!