While good and bad things happen every year, 2020 stood out with its deep horrors. The current pandemic is lasting longer than a Grateful Dead song.
(If you don't get that joke, ask a Boomer.)
On the plus side, many of us learned new lessons this year -- like how buying clothes is unnecessary, masks steam up your glasses, remote work sucks as bad as normal work, and video-chats don't require pants. We also discovered which of our partner's personal habits are especially annoying. That reminds me of an elderly woman who once appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson back in the Seventies. Johnny complimented her on her lengthy marriage (50 years) and asked if she'd ever considered divorce. She said, "Divorce? No. Murder? Yes!"
What bright spots did you find in 2020? Any new hobbies? Improvement of your cooking skill? Inquiry into the meaning of life? Realizing we're alone in the universe because aliens must have put up quarantine signs warning against contact with Earth?
For me, this year was a time I dove into film photography. It's a satisfying passion and scratches my creative itch. I enjoy reviving ancient cameras and shooting film that's hard to find and develop. Film photography has challenges, nostalgia, aesthetic pleasure and satisfaction from mastering new skills. I'll always remember 2020 for accelerating this hobby with turbo-boost.
Here are my favorite photos of the year. If you're interested, there are stories behind each and why they matter to me. Each picture represents the apogee of my achievement in different areas: e.g., travel photos, artistic photos, etc. Comments and feedback are gratefully appreciated.
Happy New Year!