Thoughts For The New Year, 2017

by William Lulow

Well, we all like to think that the next year will be better than the last, and we certainly have had some regrettable things happen in 2016. But, as I have said many times, each new year offers opportunities for reinventing oneself. The photography profession is a great one for this. One can always think of new promotions, new approaches to doing things and new projects to do. That’s one thing I’m going to try to do this year-new projects. My efforts with solarizations have seem to run their course. I still add new ones from time to time, but I’m thinking of doing more “realistic” ones instead of the impressionistic variety. Here’s one:

Computer generated solarizations try to mimic the old variety you would make in a darkroom tray, but with the addition of color, the effects are certainly not predictable! But they make for interesting images. Here’s an “impressionistic” one:

I’m also going to try to travel even more in search of more interesting scenes with great light! 

Here are a few recent images:

In each of these images you can find elements of good photographs including composition and light – something that I’ve always strived to maintain and will continue to do so in the future.

I am also going to devote more time and effort to my workshop business. I’ve mentioned before how important I think teaching is. Younger people wanting to perfect their photographic skills should be encouraged to do so and shown how! Look for more workshops in the coming year . 

So let’s hope that 2017 will be even better than this past year! Here’s wishing you the best and I hope you will join me on the journey to making great images !