Every year seems to speed by, 2013 was so chaotic I almost can't believe it was only 365 days long. It felt like I lived a short lifetime within it, if that makes sense. Age and time are things everyone thinks about constantly, people are always trying to come up with different ways to accept and understand time. I took a theoretical physics class in college, we spent a solid month talking about time and what Aristotle said really stuck with me: time is the measure of change.
2013 was a year of serious change and transition:
I worked as a production management intern with Redmoon Theater, a coordinator with a non-profit, and as a freelancer all while finishing up my last semester of college. I started work on Discovering Zalman, a long term documentary project about finding my father. I won my college's annual senior photo competition. I graduated college. I started living with a boyfriend for the first time ever. I got hired then fired from my first photography internship (it was a positive thing in the end). I drove with a friend around the entirety of lake Michigan in less than two days. I worked a stereotypical post-grad hipster barista job and discovered what it was like to be 'free' from college. I re-evaluated my life, goals and decisions. I got an internship with an amazing commercial photographer. I spent September in North Dakota working on another long term documentary project, this time it was about the oil boom. I got an additional internship, with an award winning documentary photographer whom I had looked up to for years.I started practicing yoga and running.I left my coffee shop job- poor, terrified and unsure and started working full-time as a freelancer. My relationship ended and I had to learn what it was like to rediscover myself and be alone and just before my twenty-fourth birthday I started working as a junior writer for one of the largest online publications dedicated to photo and video news.
Twenty-three was a serious year for me and I'm excited to have twenty-four be even better and more rewarding. Below are photographs taken in 2013 chronicling important events and the people who I cherish and love dearly. I want to thank you for being a positive influence in my life and helping me become who I am.
(If you don't see yourself below it's probably because I haven't found the perfect photograph of you, but I'm definitely thinking of you.)