I must admit that I have never reviewed a year before, especially one like this. I decided to put this together, mainly because this year in particular has felt like 10 years have been squashed into an action-packed 365 days. Take a look at 2017 through my eyes.
I started the working year by teaming up with one of the biggest companies on earth.
If you want to check out what we created check out my summary of my Apple Photo Walk.
This was right before I said goodbye to my youth.
However, I also lost a parent and said goodbye to my father.
He was diagnosed with cancer on January 2nd and we lost him by January 26th. R.I.P John William Askey.
Despite this, I kept my head held high and produced my very first Solo Photography Exhibition - 'Split-Second City'
My Father helped me pick the final images for the exhibition but sadly never got to see my Solo Exhibition in person. If you want to check out everything I collated about the exhibition, you can see it all here.
Whilst my solo exhibition was up-and-running, I was also incredibly lucky to get two of my images into the RBSA Photographic Prize 2017 show.
I wanted to try and give a little bit back to the community, so I helped them put on a Street Photography Workshop around the time of my Solo Exhibition.
If you want to see the images that people got inspired to go and take after this workshop, go here.
My itchy feet made me explore more of the world whether it was snowing, sun shining, a different continent or quite close to home.
My passion for documentary & street photography continued wherever I went.
Focussing on this work gave me an opportunity to team up with JPEGmini to create a short film about street photography in Birmingham.
If you're interested to see more than the video below, you can go here.
I worked a full calendar year with Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Everyone I have worked with at Birmingham Children's Hospital is brilliant. We have a great relationship which will hopefully get even stronger in 2018.
Then I strangely spent time inside the Bullring shopping centre until 3am.
Massive thank to Bullring's Marketing team as well as Ross Jukes, who put my name forward with a few others for this opportunity.
I scaled the highest buildings in the city, whether it was day or night.
My interest in people pushed me deeper into portrait photography, allowing me to work with some amazing people & faces.
I am so grateful for anyone that worked with me in the studio or on location this year. It makes me even more grateful that I can now call some of you friends. It's impossible to include everyone below, but I have tried! Thank you.
This helped me catch the attention of great new clients which meant I had my best freelance year so far.
When I wasn’t working I enjoyed spending quality time with family & close friends, whilst making new friends along the way.
The secret to a happy life is surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and plenty of smiles.