My best photo of 2017?
Recently the Flickr group “Your Best Shot of 2017” has opened. It’s usually an excellent opportunity for a few days/weeks/months old photo to get some visibility again from a rather large audience.
Last year, selecting my best/favorite photo of the year was easy. Since my trip to Japan in March 2016, I had known which one I would choose. It simply was the best photo I had ever taken.
But this year I’ve taken so many photos that it’s just impossible to choose a single one.
Choosing a single photo to represent the past year means to make many choices. In particular, it’s about selecting a single character, a single location, and a single time of the year.
Choosing a single photo is like picking one or two of my favorite toys over the others. I don’t have a favorite toy but many.
I don’t want to give more importance to the time spent in Oulu, my three road trips to Northern Norway, or the three toy safaris I attended.
Finally, I don’t want to favor summer or winter.
Making a choice
Still, I can only post one photo in the “Your Best Shot of 2017” group and so I have to choose.
Is this my best photo (or favorite) photo of the year? I don’t think so.
It was improvised and taken in a few minutes. I’m pretty sure I could have got something much better if I had spent more time working on it. But it was taken close to the Northernmost place in Europe. A place I never imagined I would visit a bit more than a year ago.
For that reason, I think it’s the photo that best symbolizes and summarizes 2017…
The year I got Stuck in the North.