Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

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The last WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (WPC) of 2017 was probably also the hardest one for this year . At least for me it was. With the title “2017 Favorites” it calls to post your most meaningful photo of 2017.

Now we all are passionate about our photography, and I’m quite sure, that when you look at your archives of this year, there are at least a dozen great images looking at you, screaming “I deserve to be in the 2017 Favorites!!!” And aren’t all those beautiful photographs, that each mean so much to you, your creative children? And don’t you want to treat all your children equal? So you are tempted to post not only your most favorite landscape photo, but also your best macro shot, portrait, street photo, monochrome image, and the one image you are most emotionally attached to and you just can’t leave out. After all, this is a great opportunity to show off a small selection of your best work. And Ben Huberman even left the door open for us to post several photos, if we can’t decide which is the absolute best (or meaningful) image of 2017.

When I joined a street photography workshop with Eric Kim back in November, one of the lessons I took away is that as photographer you need to be able to “kill your babies”. In order to distill out your best work. And to make you hungry again to take more photos, and make you better.

So even if it hurt, as I think I had great year where I really advanced my photography and got many pictures that I think are really good, I took the challenge by the word and post only my most meaningful photo of 2017.

This is my best image from the mentioned workshop. And it was the image that broke the spell around “interactive” street photography for me, where I discovered how much fun it actually is to walk up to interesting looking people in the streets and ask if I could make their portrait. So this is my photography of the year 2017!

Have a great Thursday!


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  1. I loved this shot from that weekend as well. I found this challenge to be quite hard. My first submission, I chose a photo that I really loved, but hadn’t showcased on the blog since I was also offering it for Wordless Wednesday and the reality was sometimes it takes words to share why something is our favorite.
    I’ve enjoyed following your work this year Marcus and can’t wait to see the shots that you continue to capture. -Amy

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Amy, I’m so happy our paths have crossed and that I have you along for the ride on my blog :-)! Have a great start into the Christmas weekend! Marcus

  2. After having the pleasure of seeing just a few of your images over the past year I can imagine what a difficult task it would be to choose even a few favorites — let alone just one. But what a beautiful, arresting choice you’ve made! This seems like a fitting time to thank you for all the of inspiration and wisdom you’ve shared over the past year. I hope 2018 will be even more rewarding for you, both as a photographer and as a person. Happy holidays, Marcus!

  3. Awesome, Marcus! Also the story behind the capture, thank you so much for sharing. It opens new doors for me as well.
    Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year to you and yours❣️🌿❤️🤶🎄🎅
    The Fab Four of Cley 💃🏼🚶👭

  4. It indeed is a great photograph. Not only the closeness but also technically. Today I was out with my camerea for some test shots. I was photographing a fence (!). A girl came past and asked what I was picturing. I explained what I was doing and then asked if could make a picture of her, and she agreed. I must say I did think a second or two of you and your posts. 🙂

  5. So close…I can see why this was a fulfilling image all around Marcus. The experience of making an image ties into a love of it. Your work is terrific and it sure has been a great year for you. Happy holidays and wishing you a creative 2018!

  6. What I really liked and learned from your post is -killing your own babies. I think it is others who can offer better insight on best photos because we tend to add emotional angle. May be some incident while clicking picture?..anticipation….only a third person can be brutal and devoid of such emotions. Just my thoughts… 🙂

  7. This is such a great photo. I love it when people’s personalities shine through, it takes empathy, curiosity and a great photographer to pull that off.

  8. Marcus – thanks for the inspiration and motivation as we go into 2018. Your choice for 2017 is excellent, goes well with your words of wisdom.

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