My Best of 2016

2016 is a year of the fire monkey. This is by way of saying that one should rightfully have expected the unexpected. The monkey is a trickster, and not always kind—like Coyote and Loki a divine spirit, but a divinity whose intervention can have unforeseen and sometimes undesired consequences.

Personally, my work has taken me abroad at home, and at home abroad—with some unexpected adventures and side trips along the way.

Regarding travel, I like to say, “Want to make more interesting images? Then put yourself in front of more interesting things.” But the external world only goes so far, so the next step is to say, “Want to make more interesting images? Then become a more interesting person.”

In an early chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, it becomes clear to the ring-bearer Frodo (and the reader) that unspeakable evil has risen again from the shadows of the past. The following dialog between Frodo and the wizard Gandalf ensues:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

In that spirit, I wish you health, joy in life, and the comfort of creativity in the coming year!

With that, and without too much further ado, please check out my self-selected best images of 2016 (in more or less chronological order, click on each image to see it larger).

If you have the time and inclination, perhaps in a quest for inspiration, you can also peruse my Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and Best of 2013.

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

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Best Friends © Harold Davis

Best Friends © Harold Davis

 

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

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Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

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Painting with Flowers © Harold Davis

Painting with Flowers © Harold Davis

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Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

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The Wild and the Tame © Harold Davis

The Wild and the Tame © Harold Davis

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Shout to the Soul © Harold Davis

Shout to the Soul © Harold Davis

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Nude Descending a Ladder after Duchamp © Harold Davis

Nude Descending a Ladder © Harold Davis

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Conjuror © Harold Davis

Conjuror © Harold Davis

 

Coming to Life © Harold Davis

Coming to Life © Harold Davis

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Wheel of Flowers (on White) © Harold Davis

Wheel of Flowers (on White) © Harold Davis

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Sunflower Ambrotype © Harold Davis

Sunflower Ambrotype © Harold Davis

 

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

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Planet of the Succulents © Harold Davis

Planet of the Succulents © Harold Davis

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Fedora © Harold Davis

Fedora © Harold Davis

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Manifestation © Harold Davis

Manifestation © Harold Davis

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Et chorus sinit ire cum flores © Harold Davis

Et chorus sinit ire cum flores © Harold Davis

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Garden Party © Harold Davis

Garden Party © Harold Davis

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Eye of Sauron in His Cups © Harold Davis

Eye of Sauron in His Cups © Harold Davis

 

Dawn on Lake Como © Harold Davis

Dawn on Lake Como © Harold Davis

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Duomo di Pavia © Harold Davis

Duomo di Pavia © Harold Davis

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Tuscan Landscape © Harold Davis

Tuscan Landscape © Harold Davis

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Towers of San Gimignano © Harold Davis

Towers of San Gimignano © Harold Davis

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Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

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Long Exposure Wave Study 2, South Beach © Harold Davis

Long Exposure Wave Study 2, South Beach © Harold Davis

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Flower Tondo 1 Variation Inversion © Harold Davis

Flower Tondo 1 Variation Inversion © Harold Davis

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Last Light © Harold Davis

Last Light © Harold Davis

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6 Comments

  1. Jim Goldstein January 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    Stunning body of work Harold. I’d expect nothing less. Thanks again for taking part in my year end Best Photos blog project. I always enjoy seeing your submissions. I hope you and your family have a great 2017.

  2. Todd Henson January 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Absolutely fascinating collection of images, Harold! Very beautiful work. My favorite of the landscapes is Last Light. I love the soft, subtle tones. And my favorite of the others is Shout to the Soul. Beautiful patterns and color. So much to see in this piece.

  3. Harold Davis January 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Thank you so much Jim & Todd!

  4. Alan Majchrowicz January 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    Stunning and diverse selection of images, Harold! You had a very productive and creative year. Your floral and figure study images are wonderful. Since I’m partial to landscapes my favorite has top be Long Exposure Wave Study 2, South Beach. Keep up the good work in 2017!

  5. Thomas Yackley January 10, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    There is much to be learned by studying your photos. I love your work! I looked through the whole collection three times to try to pick favorites but all I can do is list them all.

  6. Rich Greene January 13, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    What a wide variety of subjects you’ve included in your best of images…

    I’m always partial to landscapes and particularly like your waterfall long exposure — and especially the light on the clouds in the distance.

    Cheers!

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