Amidst vivid dreams and vibrant colours, the year has passed. Already, the beginning has faded in my mind, like a negative exposed to light, and I must consult my gallery to once again jolt my memories of the precious months.
First of all, I would like to thank all my friends (you know who you are) and a special person who have supported me so much this year. I honestly don’t know what I would be doing at this point in my life were it not for the support.
As with previous years, 2011 has been a year of learning for me in the photographic arts. It has also been one of multiple transitions, some painful, most of them constructive.
And of course, I have taken photos. In my cosplay gallery, I count 73 albums from this year, exceeding my 2010 archive count by four. At the same time, 2011 has been the year I started fashion-type shoots, with four dedicated fashion shoots this year thanks largely to the lolita community (plus two events).
Most importantly, in August and September this year, I officially transitioned my long-running but embattled Hunting the Elusive blog hosted at this domain to a blog dedicated to photography, and started the pireze.net gallery on a separate host. This move disappointed many in the doujin artwork collection community, but in a way changing circumstances and ethical considerations made this inevitable.
Given the sheer length of the year, it’s hard to really sum up what I feel are some of my key achievements. Here is my attempt:
One of the first tasks facing me in the new year would be to re-assess my portfolio selection, since there are a number of shots from the latter part of 2011 that I feel deserve a place in there. For 2012, I hope to continue improving my skills, because growth is essential in the progress of any endeavour. I hope to do more shoots, and diversify into other photographic genres at the same time (with hopefully a focus on fashion). I will continue to work hard on cosplay photography, and I also hope to be able to meet many more new people and collaborate with them to bring more beauty into the world.
Have a happy new year!