Every January we take a deep breath and evaluate what exactly has just happened over the last 12 months. Now entering our 11th season, our photographic journey has always been a process, a constant evolution and during this quieter, more reflective time we always sit down and go through all of the photographs of the past year together recalling memories, identifying our favourites and trying to hone in on what 2016 was really all about for us. How did the experience change our photography and what did we learn? And most importantly, where do we go from here?
It’s an exhausting and humbling conversation but a hugely important and positive one and this time there was a twist: as part of a wider project we’re working on (more on that soon!) our conversation was recorded and we thought we’d share just a little of what happened along with some of our favourite images of the year.
2016 was an extraordinary time all round: we visited some incredible places, first for our own street trips to Cuba and Mallorca and then being invited to join The 8 Street and travel to Barcelona with our friends and fellow street enthusiasts! We’ve journeyed the length and breadth of the country capturing some very special weddings and experiencing a snippet of some diverse and amazing cultures. Along the way that word evolution has become increasingly prominent and a style that we began to recognise back in 2015 has developed into something we feel is true to our hearts and the way we’ve always wanted to shoot – not as documentary wedding photographers or as street photographers but simply as ourselves.
That development has been aided by a switch from Canon to Fuji, specifically the Fuji X-Pro2 which came with us to Cuba for a test run and has never left our sides since. It’s helped us to create a greater synergy between the compositional concepts in our minds and the actual practicality of shooting on the day and we haven’t looked back. Photography isn’t about the camera but sometimes finding the right tool is all you need to channel your creative instincts in a way that excites you.
So here are the fruits of that discussion: a little snippet of what happened to us in the year that was 2016 – a year in review. The journey’s just getting started and we’re excited to see what the conversation holds for us a year from now.
Dom and Liam