The Whirlwind That's Been 2017

Overview

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.

 Photo by Theo Gove-Humphries

Photo by Theo Gove-Humphries

This was right before I said goodbye to my youth.

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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.

 Photo by Laura Fleming

Photo by Laura Fleming

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.

A local photography community called IGers Birmingham helped me to meet a lot of amazing people whilst seeing some incredibly interesting places.

IGers Birmingham is an incredible photography community that I owe so much to. Check out their website and their Instagram account and get involved. 

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

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My itchy feet made me explore more of the world whether it was snowing, sun shining, a different continent or quite close to home.

 Jungle bridge in Costa Rica.

Jungle bridge in Costa Rica.

 Military training in The Dolomites, Italy.

Military training in The Dolomites, Italy.

 Sunset in Cannock Chase, UK.

Sunset in Cannock Chase, UK.

My passion for documentary & street photography continued wherever I went.

 London Underground. 

London Underground. 

 Protest in Victoria Square, Birmingham.

Protest in Victoria Square, Birmingham.

 Labour Rally in Birmingham Eastside. 

Labour Rally in Birmingham Eastside. 

 Couple sitting at a restaurant in Birmingham.

Couple sitting at a restaurant in Birmingham.

 Modern Cowboys in Costa Rica.

Modern Cowboys in Costa Rica.

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.

 Birmingham Skyline seen from the McLaren Building. 

Birmingham Skyline seen from the McLaren Building. 

 Aerial view of Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham. 

Aerial view of Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham. 

 View over Grand Central from The Rotunda, Birmingham. 

View over Grand Central from The Rotunda, Birmingham. 

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.

 Promotional photography for Bottle Rocket Clothing. 

Promotional photography for Bottle Rocket Clothing. 

 The Wedding of Diana & Jay

The Wedding of Diana & Jay

 Promotional photography for The REP show 'Stadium'.

Promotional photography for The REP show 'Stadium'.

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.

There was also plenty of memories I made with my one & only. <3

After making it through this whirlwind of a year, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank anyone who has supported me and my work over the past 12 months. Whether you gave me advice, sacrificed your personal time, purchased a print, attended one of the exhibitions, broke bread with me or just made me laugh. You are the ones who have made each step easier as I tried to find my way. I'm ready for 2018.

Thank you. 

Kris.

 Photo by Laura Fleming.

Photo by Laura Fleming.