I don’t remember what happened to me at the beginning of the year or the end of last year, but I found myself photographically uninspired and never recovered. My plan was to do a Streets of Gangneung project but after making some boring abstract photos of my neighbourhood I gave up. Then the university semester began and I was too busy with classes to do anything. The summer was hot and humid and I didn’t want to leave the house. I was looking forward to the autumn because the weather is cool and there are agricultural scenes to photographs, but my second semester at the university was even busier then my first semester and I was teaching twenty-two hours a week with three evening classes. I was exhausted every day and on the weekends I stayed at home to recover. Compounding the problem was my lack of a car. I’ve been living in Gangneung for almost ten years and I’ve photographed just about everything here a hundred times or more.
But I did get out sometimes to make a few photographs. I discovered a local king’s tomb up in the mountains and a new nature reserve provided a few places to make photographs. When I had the energy to look, I sometimes found new ways to see the places I pass by every day.
Despite having an unsatisfactory photographic year, I wanted to make a portfolio of my better photos to share with people and print for an album. I went through the year’s photographs and selected about seventy-five that were acceptable. Then I cut away and cut away until I had twenty-four photos that I’m not too ashamed to show others. Why twenty-four? It’s the number of photos that fit in the album I bought and, generally, no one wants to look at more than twenty-something photos at a time anyway.
Happy New Year. Make some photos.