It’s been a funny sort of year two thousand and thirteen. My immediate thoughts on the year are not particularly positive, and when looking back through what I’ve shot, I should be feeling much happier. But I’m not. Instead, and like previous years, I’ve again come away feeling frustrated and knowing that I should have done better with the opportunities which presented themselves. I’m not saying that the work is shit, but it always feels like I’m missing that certain little something to bring my work to the next level. I’ve made quite a lot of changes in how I approach a shoot and have been working on my processing but I still feel like I’ve a long, long way to go.
One promise that I’ve made to myself is to undertake more personal work in the coming weeks and months. Without the pressure of deadlines or strict briefs, I can experiment with different techniques and shoot things that I normally would have no outlet for. It also re-introduces fun and enjoyment back into my photography, something which I feel has been missing for quite some time.
The collection of images below may not necessarily represent my absolute best of photographs of 2013, but they do evoke the best memories. Some may have been seen before and some may not. None of these photographs would have been possible without the help and kindness of so many people. In no particular order I would like to thank the following for their support and contribution, no matter how big or small: My parents Gerry & Sheila, my girlfriend Laura, Derek & Philomena Troy, Martin Ffrench, Larry Kehoe, Ben Chandler, Neil Sheehan, Rod Chong, Rob Bullough, Bryn Musselwhite, Annika Goksu, Jonathan Moore, Suzy Wallace, Sean Klingelhoefer, Larry Chen, Keith Charvonia, Dino Dalle Carbonare, Brad Lord, Mike Garrett, Taryn Croucher, Alok Paleri, Camille Sebaoui, Fredric Aasbo, Wenche Riksheim, The Mad Mike clan of Mike, Toni & Lincoln, Simon Woolley, Richie Payne, Martin Barker, Brian Henderson, Jay McToldridge, Carl Taylor, Peter Kelly, Mark Riccioni, Fergus Brennan, Leo Nulty and all the staff at Mondello Park, Jules Truss, Oystein Hansen, Karel Silha, Karl O’Sullivan, Graham McNamara, Darren McNamara, Fredrik Sorlie, Dan Hammond, Kai Bakken, Andy Barnes, Rob Barnes, Caroline Barnes, Emanual Sanden, Linhbergh & Thao Nguyen, Judith Morgan, Peter Miles, Richard Good, Ryan Stewart, Wesley Keating, Tom Lawlor, Dave Humphreys, Jake Yorath, Paul Healy, Paddy Comyn, all the staff at Automotive Team and last but not least all of my friends and family. You don’t need to be named, you already know who you are and how much you mean to me.
See you on the other side…