Discard, Celebrate and Carry Forward


Here’s something new for 2018’s end of year metaphorical sorting and packing away.

I’ve picked out three images from my iPhone camera roll from this year that represent something I want to a) discard, b) celebrate, and c) carry forward into 2019.

Picture [a] is a shot of a sign taken on a coaching training weekend instructing visitors to ‘keep to the path’. I like the image because it reminds me that I seek out unorthodox routes, especially when signs insist (albeit politely) that I conform.

Picture [b] is one taken in the Natural History Museum after I’d just learned I’d secured some repeat business.

It was a goal for the year – not something I could necessarily orchestrate, I hasten to add.

When I’d secured the work (the day before my birthday) I went looking for a memorable image that would act as a reminder for the future. I remember feeling as though I’d finished a very long hard race.

And picture [c] is Richard Wilson’s 20:50 installation at Hayward Gallery – one room filled with engine oil.

I liked the sharp lines, the clarity in the reflections, and the dynamic shapes. I appreciated the impact it had on me when I visited for the press preview.

The artwork felt strong, solid, and clear – words I’d like to carry with me into next year. Words to underpin intent in 2019.

I’ve also given myself a bonus picture – included above – because breaking the rules is allowed. It’s a shot I hadn’t seen before today. I hadn’t realised it had even been taken until today. It features me and an Armenian musicologist nerding out about various exhibits that document the life of Armenian ethno-musicologist Komitas.

My trip to Armenia was a special experience. Its where I listened to endless cello music, discovered the life and works of Khachaturian, and ate a lot of bread and meat.

What pictures would you select from your 2018 photo album and why? Give it a go.

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