“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Many photographers post a collection of their favorite images from the present year as they look forward to the next year.  I have done this for the past several years.

This year is the first year that I have really taken time to look at commonalities of the images I have chosen as favorites for the year.   As I was collecting the images to make my slideshow, these commonalities came to light.  Some of the things that I noticed surprised me.

Of the 22 images I settled upon, I noticed that five of the images contained an animal.

Goat’s Eye

Puppies and Sunflowers

Maui on Bridge in Fog


Savannah’s Eye

I usually view myself as one who creates images with bright vibrant colors.  This seemed to be prevalent in four of my 22 images.

Colors of Grand Prismatic

Lantern Festival

Dandelion and paint

Virginia’s Stairway

I was so surprised to see how many of my favorites were black and white or a monochrome image in some way.

The Root of It

Magnolia Plantation

Ferns and Red Leaves

More of the images within my selections were black and white than I would have expected.

Of the images I chose, there were strong diagonal features in nine of the twenty-two.


Peacock Feathers

When I attempt to define myself as a photographer, I often say that I am attracted to the intimate landscape.

The Channels

I was surprised to see many wide landscapes in my final selections.

Niagara Falls

Morning Sunflowers


Unexpected Beauty

Adironak Morning

I think I learned a great deal about myself as a photographer by putting together this collection of favorite images from 2017.  I invite you to really take a closer look at your images from the year.

Closer Look

Looking back at past images, I hope, will help shape the kind of photographer I choose to become in the year 2018.

Thank you all for your amazing support in 2017.  May you have a joyous holiday season as you put closure to 2017 and welcome the New Year!

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Beautiful images Mary and a great idea to look back through the photos of 2017.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! Merry Christmas!

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    Hi Mary…and hope you have great Holiday season…and some days off from your little ones! I have enjoyed seeing your progression and always enjoy your favorites. Surprised you have no under-water images in your pics…they were always some of my favorites. Happy exploring!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks so much, Diane! Best wishes to you as 2017 turns into 2018!

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    Great pictures and images Mary! I love following your work! I have great memories of our years working together! So happy to watch your success and your new journey! ❤❤

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, Frances! I, too, cherish the time we spent together at Selwyn! Merry Christmas!

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    What a great idea – you’ve inspired me to try something similar.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Wonderful! I know you will enjoy it!

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