Personal Favourites of 2017

2017 road map in review

2017 found me in 26 cities in 12 different countries. But what 2017 really gave me was a renewed confidence and motivation to create and put out consistent work which I can be proud of. I attribute my developed style focusing on colour and composition to focused hard work and constant support I received this year from family, friends, and fellow photographers. 

I am very happy to share a small collection of my favourite shots from the past year. Photos available for purchase are linked.

  Montmartre streets . Paris, France. February 13, 2017.

Montmartre streets. Paris, France. February 13, 2017.

 Croatian Spring. Zadar, Croatia. March 26, 2017.

Croatian Spring. Zadar, Croatia. March 26, 2017.

  Keleti pályaudvar . Budapest, Hungary. April 2, 2017.

Keleti pályaudvar. Budapest, Hungary. April 2, 2017.

 On the rails. Hungary. April 2, 2017.

On the rails. Hungary. April 2, 2017.

  The Black Church . Brasov, Romania. May 19, 2017

The Black Church. Brasov, Romania. May 19, 2017

  Umbrellas at the Opera . Plovdiv, Bulgaria. June 17, 2017.

Umbrellas at the Opera. Plovdiv, Bulgaria. June 17, 2017.

 Cotton candy skies. Plovdiv, Bulgaria. June 22, 2017

Cotton candy skies. Plovdiv, Bulgaria. June 22, 2017

  Framing of the Guards . Athens, Greece. July 3, 2017.

Framing of the Guards. Athens, Greece. July 3, 2017.

 Sunrise over the Aegean. The Aegean Sea, Greece. July 5, 2017.

Sunrise over the Aegean. The Aegean Sea, Greece. July 5, 2017.

  From the fort . Heraklion, Crete, Greece. July 10, 2017

From the fort. Heraklion, Crete, Greece. July 10, 2017

  Jog the line . Heraklion, Crete, Greece. July 10, 2017.

Jog the line. Heraklion, Crete, Greece. July 10, 2017.

  Coastal roads . Rethymno, Crete, Greece. July 24, 2017

Coastal roads. Rethymno, Crete, Greece. July 24, 2017

 Wave goodbye. The Aegean Sea, Greece. August 3, 2017

Wave goodbye. The Aegean Sea, Greece. August 3, 2017

 Judit & Philipp's wedding. Stuttgart, Germany. August 12, 2017.

Judit & Philipp's wedding. Stuttgart, Germany. August 12, 2017.

 Judit & Philipp's wedding. Stuttgart, Germany. August 12, 2017.

Judit & Philipp's wedding. Stuttgart, Germany. August 12, 2017.

  80s sunset . Skopje, Macedonia. August 22, 2017

80s sunset. Skopje, Macedonia. August 22, 2017

  Turkish bazaar from above . Skopje, Macedonia. August 27, 2017.

Turkish bazaar from above. Skopje, Macedonia. August 27, 2017.

  Summer sunset in Skopje . Skopje, Macedonia. August 27, 2017.

Summer sunset in Skopje. Skopje, Macedonia. August 27, 2017.

 Paint it yellow. Sofia, Bulgaria. September 5, 2017.

Paint it yellow. Sofia, Bulgaria. September 5, 2017.

  Alexander Nevsky Cathedral . Sofia, Bulgaria. September 5, 2017. 

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Sofia, Bulgaria. September 5, 2017. 

 Look down. Tour Eiffel. Paris France. October 8, 2017.

Look down. Tour Eiffel. Paris France. October 8, 2017.

 Pont des Arts. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

Pont des Arts. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

 Musée du Louvre. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

Musée du Louvre. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

 Musée du Louvre. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

Musée du Louvre. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

 Tour Eiffel in frame. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

Tour Eiffel in frame. Paris, France. October 31, 2017.

 L'viv in the rain. Lviv, Ukraine. November 19, 2017.

L'viv in the rain. Lviv, Ukraine. November 19, 2017.

 Winter transport. Lviv, Ukraine. November 20, 2017.

Winter transport. Lviv, Ukraine. November 20, 2017.

 L'viv in the snow. Lviv, Ukraine. December 3, 2017.

L'viv in the snow. Lviv, Ukraine. December 3, 2017.

 L'vlv Lights. Lviv, Ukraine. December 9, 2017.

L'vlv Lights. Lviv, Ukraine. December 9, 2017.

 L'vlv Christmas. Lviv, Ukraine. December 19, 2017.

L'vlv Christmas. Lviv, Ukraine. December 19, 2017.

 Nastia. Lviv, Ukraine, December 27, 2017

Nastia. Lviv, Ukraine, December 27, 2017


  Sunset over Montmartre.  Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Paris, France. February 24, 2017. 

Sunset over Montmartre. Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Paris, France. February 24, 2017. 

The final photo gets to be set aside, as it was the one which pulled me out of impostor syndrome and into confident artist territory. After hitting the front page of Reddit, I saw a huge influx of engagement. What I’ve never shared is that this photo almost never left my Lightroom catalog. I went to this location at sunset knowing what I wanted to leave with, took about 10 shots from various angles, choosing my settings carefully. I went home and began to process - I was feeling frustrated. I simply wasn’t happy with it, but I showed it to my husband whose face dropped, uttering “wow.” He’s supportive of my work, and gives me honest critique - so this visceral reaction was a surprise. He must see something I didn’t, so I posted it to my personal Facebook. The reaction I got there mirrored my husband’s, so what the hell, I’ll post it to r/itookapicture. I woke up to incredibly supportive words from some of the toughest critics out there: Redditors . 

From there, it was a pretty incredible experience of recognition from different sources. I’ve spent so many years not trusting myself and my art. Always thinking I’m not good. Not good enough to even pretend to be. While it’s dangerous to rely on outside validation, sometimes it’s the kick a person needs to gain confidence. Only through support of all artists will more beauty and art be brought into a world which needs it.

If you're one of those supporters, thank you for a year of encouragement and honest critique. I look positively to 2018 as yet another year of growth and art.