How did I select the images?
I really don't have the first clue on how to answer that. I really don't not the most inspiring answer you will want to read just before looking at my 2018 showcase of images. I suspect other photographers spend hours agonising over which image works well with which image and so on. I would be lying if I said that this was my approach. Instead my selection is much more organic - how do I feel images work together today? Tomorrow I may well make a different selection but today these are the images I want to represent my photographic output for 2018.
So what sort of year, photographically, was 2018? Well I have to say I am very satisfied with the photographs I made over the year. They were made with a variety of digital cameras and captured around England and Scotland. There was a time when I would travel far and wide but now I find my wanderlust has been somewhat tamed and so most of the locations are somewhat more parochial.
Over the year I have expanded and changed my photographic equipment and approach, although looking at the images I have selected I don't think it is that apparent. I am motivated by the landscape and gardens, a very traditional subject matter, which is supplemented by the happenstance mainly captured using my iPhone.
Photography has once more become my main creative outlet. I have rediscovered my love for the subject and spend hours broadening and deepening my knowledge. Not too many years ago it was very easy to name photographers that I found inspiring. This really isn't the case anymore because we all have almost limitless access to photography made by people from around the world. Photography has been democratised in a way that is still hard to really understand. Amongst all the self aggrandising images driving our social media world there are real gems. We all now cam make photographs and it seems we do. The greats are still the greats it is just that there are so many more ways to find photography created by people who not so long ago would never be known of outside of their local neighbourhood or friends. This is my small contribution to that maelstrom. Welcome to the showcase of the photographs I made in 2018.
Simon Marchini February 2019