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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Holiday Message

Pine & Moon – Split Rock Lighthouse (2010)

Christmas Eve is upon us once again, and the ground doesn't look so white where I live in Minnesota. But soon, all will be calm as the hustle and excitement of the holiday season gives way to celebration, thanksgiving, and reflection upon another year of life's story.

For me, Christmas Eve represents the midpoint of a sort of "holiday trifecta." Yesterday, I marked my 32nd birthday with a holiday celebration consisting of good food and even greater family. With having a birthday at this time of year, the concept of reflecting upon the past and anticipating what's to come carries an even deeper meaning.

In my world of photography, I feel as though I may be approaching a crossroads of sorts. I participated in twenty art fairs in 2014, the most I have booked in a single season. It was a wildly successful year overall but also one that has left little time to produce new work and explore additional opportunities that photography may offer as my talent further develops. Producing my very best work and scouting new paths will be a priority in 2015. Today is an exciting time to be a landscape photographer, and I've never been more optimistic about what the future holds for the art.

I feel the same optimism about the broader world as a whole on this Christmas Eve. While there are many challenges to global peace, prosperity, and protection of our wild and scenic places, we have much to be thankful for as we celebrate this season and look forward to a new year.

Warm wishes to you for a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

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