Re-Viewing the Year. Feeling Thankful.

Rosie and Gracie

Re-Viewing the Year. Feeling Thankful.

December 31, 2013  |  Local Interest, Personal, Travel

 
When you make so many photographs in a year, some sort of review of them seems called for at the end of it. I don’t always do it, but for some reason this year I felt compelled. For this exercise I challenged myself to choose just twelve images, one per month, to represent what 2013 meant for me. From thousands, just twelve. It wasn’t long before the theme emerged. Yes, the year included sadness and challenge and frustration and (my personal superpower) worry. But these images remind me of interesting things, and simple discoveries, and beauty and friends and dogs, and noticing stuff, and learning. Always with my wonderful family standing by and cheering me on.

This exercise will mean more to me than to you, I think. It’s personal. I’m glad I did it.

Bobby Anderson

Bobby Anderson

January. Continuing my project at Golden Gate Fields, I got to spend time with Outrider Bobby Anderson. This was an ordinary moment for Bobby: just doing chores. But it was extraordinary for me to learn so much about the fascinating world of the Backside. I am so grateful to everyone who spent time with me there.

Cambria, CA

Cambria, CA

February. Todd and I took advantage of the holiday weekend to drive down to Santa Barbara to see Hilary. At Paso Robles, we took Highway 46 to cut over to the coast. We had never taken the time to do that before, and it was a lovely discovery. Moonstone Beach in Cambria was stunning. I am surprised every time by the restorative power of the weekend getaway. And seeing Hilary.

Highway 45

Highway 45

March. The first weekend in March found me driving north to Chico for a visit with Grace. The route was familiar, but it was the first time I caught the blossoms. It was spectacular. Another reminder to take the back roads and enjoy the journey. And seeing Grace.

Neighborhood Walk

Neighborhood Walk

April. Just a quiet moment of beauty seen on a morning walk. Tiny Dancers, I call this. As my friend Stuart Sipahigil teaches so well, there is much to pay attention to Close to Home. I’m always so happy when I remember that.

Giants Game

Giants Game

May. Sometimes life is sad. On this day at AT&T Park, as Angel Pagan hit a two-run inside-the-park homer to beat the Colorado Rockies, it was bittersweet. My friends and I had gathered together in the place he loved so much, to honor someone special who left us too soon. He would have loved the way this game ended. We miss you, Steve.

Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fair

June. Summer. There’s just something special about it.

Russell Baze

Russell Baze

July. Jockey Russell Baze won his 12,000th race at the fair in Pleasanton. That’s 12,000 victories in a 39-year career. It still amazes me to think about it. It was a thrill to be able to watch how he does what he does. He’s quite a man, that Russell Baze.

Ocean Riders of Marin

Ocean Riders of Marin

August. I discovered Ocean Riders of Marin quite by accident, when I was out exploring with a friend visiting from England. It’s a magical place, opposite the Pelican Inn as you drive toward Stinson Beach. I was invited to return on this August day, when Jessica Pinto introduced a group of young campers to her amazing buckskin Bear. It was so touching to see the pride these kids displayed as they learned how to approach and direct such an imposing animal. It was really very moving. I’m still nervous around horses, but if there is a place where I think I could get over that, it’s Ocean Riders.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

September. This image represents so much: an unforgettable workshop in Montana with photographers I admire who have become my friends; an amazing six hours spent in the company of William Albert Allard, a hero of mine; and the chance to explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park with these folks. They say when the student is ready, the teachers will appear. But they didn’t tell me about all the wonderful people they’d bring with them. Thank you, Ray Ketcham, Sabrina Henry, and Rear Curtain. This journey is so much richer now.

The T-Sisters

The T-Sisters

October. A chance to hear some good music in the neighborhood, and to feel cool because I know the band. I love seeing The T-Sisters perform. It’s exciting to witness their talent, and humor, and exuberance. To me, this image represents all the gifted young people I know who are starting to make their mark on the world. I’m so impressed by their abilities, and bravery, and heart. I’m proud to know them all.

Andre Thierry

Andre Thierry

November. Andre Thierry. Following Zydeco and Cajun music in the Bay Area started as a privilege and quickly became a blast. I have had so much fun meeting the musicians and the dancers and the very special community that celebrate this music. There is an important story here. Stay tuned.

Rosie and Gracie

Rosie and Gracie

December. This image stands for joy. Meet Rosie and Gracie, my dear friend Patty Hammond’s gorgeous dogs. Almost every Tuesday, I meet Patty at the local dog park where we walk and talk and let the dogs teach us that life, quite simply, is good. And it stands for all my dear friends who share their lives, and sometimes their dogs, with me. I am especially lucky to know so many remarkable and generous women. I don’t know what I would do without you.

So there you are. That was my year. And quite a year it was, as it turns out.

So, thank you.

And Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



6 Comments


  1. Dorothy, glad you took the time to look back and reflect. Love these images that you picked. They are all superb.

    Incidently, I came to find out about Russell Blaze from this NY Times piece – http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/the-jockey/#/?chapt=introduction Great you got to experience him too.

    Here’s to the ’14.

    ~ Mark

    • I love that NY Times piece, Mark. I have viewed it many times — it really captures Russell and Golden Gate Fields. The NYT reporter and crew had already left by the time I started hanging around. I wish I could have met them and watched them work.

      Thanks for stopping by here, Mark, and for your kind words. I look forward to lots more Noir and JerseyStyle in 2014. Happy New Year!

  2. A beautiful (and bountiful) year Dorothy and no wonder from someone who has a heart of gold and generosity to match and who has the same photographic voice. Happy New Year my friend!

    • It *was* a good year, Sabrina, full of wonders large and small. Some unforgettable. And there are hints of adventures to come. :-)

      Many thanks for all you do for this community of ours. Happy New Year to you!

  3. What a beautiful recap, Dorothy! Your stunning Yellowstone photos have resurfaced in my mind so many times since you first posted them. They are so very breathtaking. Happy New Year, and thank you for all the life-affirming beauty you shared with us all in 2013!

  4. Thank you, Moriah! You always say the nicest things, and I so appreciate it. I hope your New Year is beautiful and sweet.

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