Matthew Nikkel

2016 in review & goals for 2017

Matthew Nikkel
2016 in review & goals for 2017

Photographically, 2016 has been a big year for me. My only two goals at the beginning of the year were to try out printing my photos and shooting film. Both of which were pretty easily accomplished. Printing turned out to be slightly more difficult that I anticipated, but I eventually got the hang of it around halfway through the year. Film, on the other hand, was much easier than I thought. Even development turned out to be very straightforward. Both processes I enjoyed quite a bit, and will likely continue in the future.

In addition to the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, this has also been the year I started shooting for other people as well. That has been an enormous learning process for me, and I appreciate all of the people who were willing, and patient enough, to help me with some of the earliest steps. 

Here's another big accomplishment of 2016:

Those are the image counts by year in my Lightroom catalog.  In 2016, I took nearly as many pictures as I have in all previous years, combined. And that doesn't even include pictures I took on my phone. That's a lot of photos. But probably more importantly, It's also a lot of photos that nobody but me has ever seen.

That brings me to my goal for 2017. Because for all the images I took this year, chances are you've seen relatively few of them. By my count, I've put probably 100 images up on Instagram and Facebook. That's roughly 0.5% of the photos I took this year that I shared publicly. 

So for 2017, my goal is to share more of my photos. Specifically one for every day of the year. I'm not going to commit to putting them up daily, I'll probably do an upload weekly or monthly (I'd like to not get more than a month behind). But the general idea is just to get me past that self consciousness hurdle and used to putting more of my photos out there.

So just to start things off, here are my 10 favorite photos from 2016. Happy Holidays, and best wishes for the new year.