my favorite photographs of 2009

The end of the year, a time for reflection. Although it was a busy year, I managed to create a number of photographs I am very proud of. Photographs that remain pinned to my wall months after I have finished creating them.

Furnace 1 (sunflower abstract) ©2009 Daniel Sroka

Furnace I (abstract of a sunflower): Sunflowers were in abundance at our farmers’ market this year, and I ended up creating a lot of photographs of them. This is my favorite: one of the first ones I made that broke through the typical “sunflowerness” and expressed some of the fluid energy within.

Dragon (an abstract of a fallen leaf) by Daniel Sroka ©2009

Dragon (abstract of a fallen leaf): This photograph was a surprise: after working with the leaf all day, this character of the Dragon just leap out at me. The wings, the curling tail, the scales.

Recline 1 (abstract of a fallen leaf) ©2009 Daniel Sroka

Recline 1 (abstract of a fallen leaf): This is a deceptively simple photograph. With just a small edge in focus, the photograph concentrates on the soft curves of the leaf. The gently motion of the form suggests the back of a woman lying on her side, propped up on one elbow.

Unravel (abstract of a fallen leaf) ©2009 Daniel Sroka

Unravel (abstract of a fallen leaf): I believe that this is my favorite. This was a tiny leaf, no larger than my thumbnail, that my son found for me. While still green, it had dried into a tight curl along one end. I focused my attention on the edge of that curl, allowing the rest of the leaf to spiral away into the background.

These are just a few of the new photographs I created this year. A year of emotional stress economic challenges, and yet, new discoveries. A year of professional challenges that helped me refocus my energy, and map out new directions. Here’s to the new year — I wish you all the best for 2010. Na Zdrovye!

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  1. I like all these images, but especially the 2nd one. I like the textures and depth. Best wishes for 2010 Daniel!

  2. the scend ist excellent

  3. The dragon is quite beautiful Dan. Could easily be one of my favorites of yours as well.

  4. I really love the Furnace I photograph. Very powerful. Sunflowers are one of my favorites…

  5. “Let us make man in our image” (creator)
    Red Sky is amazing.

  6. Loving the image “unravel” – Just enough focus.

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