Looking back at 2015

By almost every measure, 2015 was my best year since I began shooting. The photography business is is constant flux and the pace of change can be challenging, but this year was enough to convince me that reports of the death of the industry are greatly exaggerated. I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store.

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Of all the standards by which one may measure a year’s photography work, brute volume is certainly a dubious metric. Still, when I look over my Lightroom catalog and see that 2015 resulted in the greatest number of images I’ve ever shot in a year — over 38,000 — I can’t help thinking that it is an indication of good year. It certainly felt like a good year, not just by the numbers, but also because of great clients that brought compelling and engaging projects. On the editorial side, 2015 let me explore a lot of Alaska: Katmai National Park for a travel piece for the New York Times; Barrow for German news magazine, Der Spiegel, Shageluk to document the reintroduction of wood bison to Alaska for Sunset Magazine, Fairbanks for Reuters to shoot the Iditarod start, Dutch Harbor for Greenpeace, Sitka for the Salmon Project, and around Anchorage documenting our snowless winter for The Boston Globe. Although most of my commercial work is closer to home, a few jobs got me out to Honolulu, the Bay Area, and Seattle for Coffman Engineers, and up to a Kobuk for Lockheed Martin — a job that also resulted in my largest single file ever: a whopping 22 gigabyte stitched panorama. Also, work in 2015 earned spots in both Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annuals. Here’s a quick look at some of 2105 highlights:

Alaska Travel for Columbus Magazine

This is work shot in 2014 for the big gorgeous Dutch travel glossy. It finally ran at the beginning of this year.

Alaska Travel for Columbus Magazine

Alaska Travel for Columbus Magazine

Alaska Travel for Columbus Magazine

The reintroduction of Wood Bison to Alaska for Sunset Magazine

The wood bison traditionally had a large range in Alaska, but the Alaska population became extinct. This article tells a truly heroic effort to bring them back from Canadian stock and ship them to a remote area in central Alaska.

Shageluk Alaska for Sunset Magazine

Shageluk Alaska for Sunset Magazine

Katmai Bears for the New York Times

It’s a dream location for a photographer — up close and personal with wild Alaska brown bears. You can read the story by travel writer Jenna Schnuer here At Katmai National Park in Alaska, Bears Rule. There's a slideshow with the piece, so I'll just add a couple outtakes here.

Katmai NP Alaska

Katmai NP Alaska

Katmai NP Alaska

Documenting Shell's Arctic Program in Dutch Harbor for Greenpeace

Shell - Arctic Alaska Drilling

Shell - Arctic Alaska Drilling

Shell - Arctic Alaska Drilling