I didn't shoot as much street photography as I would have liked last year, and I didn't make as many strides with my music photography as I would have liked. In fact, I'd say I didn't make any, but that's not due to a lack of trying.
Photographing shows is really unstable, in that it's difficult (for me, at least) to shoot for an outlet consistently. It seems that editors and photo staff change rapidly and without warning, so that trickles down to the freelancers. Suddenly the person you pitch to is gone, and it's a bit like starting over. In fact, sometimes I feel like it's working a job where you'll only ever be entry level, and then having to re-apply every 6 months to a year. You could say "that's just the way it is", and I guess I agree. The thing is, it's pretty exhausting and irritating. The barrier to do great work with artists you like just seems to always get higher as you approach the top. That said, I did manage to have one stable outlet, and that's where a majority of my shooting came from this year.
I was fortunate enough to be featured as one of the "Nikon 100", which is a group of 100 photographers chosen by Nikon as someone to follow. It was a pleasant surprise and it's always a good feeling to get some sort of recognition for what you do. That post, if you'd like to take a look, is here.
I think that the drain of dealing with all the music photography stuff just made me want to shoot less. Working a 9-5, then going to a show until 11, editing sometimes until past 3am...it takes its toll, and it being a labor of love doesn't mean that it's stress-free, you know? It's a new year, and I'll still be shooting shows, but for right now, I think I'm taking a step back. I want to be able to walk around and observe the city more, and I can't do that if I feel burned out from the stress of essentially begging for access and being treated like trash. My work is better than the way I'm treated, and honestly, there are a lot of photographers in this so-called industry that can say the same.
I took the shot above during our most recent snowstorm, and hopefully I will do more of this soon. Can't wait.