“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” – Alek Wek
Looking back on 2021, I clearly can see it was a way better year than 2020. It didn’t really take much for it to be better. This school year is already going better this year than last year. Last year I was attempting to teach 5th graders through Zoom. I thought I would like it, but in the end it was one of the worst ways to teach ever. Teaching in person is way better, and really there is no substitute for it. I was able to go on two big camping trips this year. One thing I really enjoyed about this year was I was able to see more of Charlotte than I was in previous years. I rode my bicycle all over town, taking different photos of everything I saw, and seeing more of the city I have called home for the last ten years. Sure 2021 wasn’t perfect, but for me it was way better than 2020.
This month I decided to take some time and reflect on all the great photos and moments from this year. I feel like I am a way better photographer this year, than I was in years past. A lot of that has to do with practice. I took more pictures in last year than I have every before. While I am highlighting some photos from last year, I decided to play around with some black and white post work. While color photography allows you to be absorbed by the vibrant colors of as scene, black and white brings out the details of a photo. Also, for reason sometimes when movies have a flashback they do it in black and white for some reason. I guess that is because back in the day all we had was black and white, and it gives you that feel that you are back in the day.
I took these photos last spring when every tree in Charlotte was blooming. The city was filled with pink flowers every where. With all of the trees blooming, the landscape and scenes give fall a run for its money. There is so much color, and it is so vibrant while it covers almost every small tree in Charlotte. Every bike ride was an adventure in seeing every part of town in a new way. I took my camera out of my bag every few minutes because there was so much beauty to capture. I cannot wait until next spring, and see how the trees look then.
Below I have the links for all of my previous posts that have featured some of the beautiful shots I took in Uptown last spring.