So I'm sitting at the airport preparing for a journey home for Christmas and New Years. (You can call it the holidays...it's CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS). There's a million thoughts flowing around the big mostly empty space that's between my ears. I'm basically thinking 2016 was pretty much the most crazy year of my life. I feel like I lived an entire lifetime in the last 360 days. If any one ever asks "so how was your year" they better get comfortable. It'll take a long time to share the experiences of 2016. A few hours wouldn't even touch the sides.
I guess this image sums up my 2016 in more than a few ways. I was about to cross the River Seine after my night trip around the Eiffel Tower. As I looked back, it's a hard sight not to keep looking back at, I noticed the line of lights that seemed to track back directly under the Tower. I thought they'd make a great leading line, a path to the subject you want at the centre of the image. I figured it would look pretty cool to put some light trails in the picture as well, so I set up my way to small tripod. At just the right time a guy on a pedal car came past. A blue light adorned the top and sides of of his pedal car.
I hit the button just in time and here you have the image. A mixture of the classic and amazing, a path to follow to what I wanted, and something very different and a little crazy with that rich blue light trail. I tried a few more times and got a few pictures. But none of them grabbed my attention like the first one with the blue light on the tourist trap bike (those things aren't cheap and don't go as well as you think).
But like my year, this set of photos has a few flaws. If you look at the top right hand corner you can see some spots from what I assume is sensor dust. It came up in a few photos in the last few months. Maybe they are the bad memories and things I didn't let go of from previous years. Maybe the self doubt all of us experience.
You can also see my cyclist friend didn't quite make it all the way to the tower. He stopped to annoy other tourists...I mean seek their patronage. The blue light stops just a little short of where I would have liked it to reach. Not everything I tried in 2016 came off. But in most cases I got a little closer to the things I wanted to achieve. It wasn't perfect but it was pretty damn awesome.
And the tilt of the tower? Well that's on purpose. I didn't want it perfectly vertical. I wanted it just off centre, just a little different. I didn't want 2016 to be precise and orderly. I wanted it to be a little off centre. I wanted to try knew things; to ride a TukTuk around Angkor Wat, photograph eagles in Langkawi, see the sun come up in Uruguay, go down in Amsterdam, capture the most amazing water in Southern Australia, to hear the call to prayer emanate from a South East Asian mosque, to see city after city alive with colour at night, to drink fresh coconut milk on the beach whilst fighting off an army mosquitoes in Samoa, to meet many incredible people from every corner of the world and call them friends and a million other not so every day things.
2016 wasn't perfect, but it didn't have to be. Perfection means something is precise and very often unoriginal. Nothing goes wrong but nothing made you stop and say "WTF". Nothing fires you up to get up in the morning or stay up all night. 2016 didn't have to be perfect, it just had to be a one of a kind type of adventure of a year.