As 2014 takes it’s first breaths, I am doing what can now be considered an annual tradition: compiling my top photographs from 2013 and participating in Jim Goldstein‘s annual compilation of photographers top images from the past year. A renowned photographer, blogger, author and fellow Bay Area resident, Jim has been putting out the call to photographers since 2007. Every January he posts a directory that has steadily grown and included 300 photographers in 2013. The 2014 directory will be posted to his blog on Tuesday, January 7th 2014. If you want to see some amazing photography, you’ll find it in abundance in the links he shares.
Separating the best from the good or average photographs is a part of my editing process and isn’t difficult, but narrowing down my favorites from the year to just ten images is not as easy as it may seem. Choosing the best of the best always proves to be a challenge, one I almost prefer to not do. Why not just enjoy them for what they are instead of proclaiming some as extra special as if they were sprinkled with fairy dust? But when you get down to it, some are simply better than others, although better is in the eye of the beholder.
Some of the photographs I consider my best get fairly indifferent reactions from other people, while other photographs that I don’t think of as very strong get overwhelmingly positive feedback. So in order to make the process more democratic, I just closed my eyes and randomly picked ten…just kidding. What I did was choose the my personal favorites from the year that was 2013 as I see it today. A week, a month or a year from now I may have different favorites, but for right now, these are the top ten.