Saturday, March 22, 2008

STL CDPB's First Anniversary - My Very Best Photos

Whew! A year of photographs. 366, actually, since it's leap year. I've been thinking about what to do to mark the occasion. No time to assemble something witty. One possibility would have been to pick my favorite photo from twelve months of work and use that today. But this is about photography, something I love, so I decided to post a set of what I think is my best work, shot on a marvelous trip to Thailand two years ago. The picture immediately below is the best image I've ever made, IMHO. It is a hair salon in Chang Mai, at the back of a local market, a piece of real Thai life. It's easier to see the detail if you click the picture to enlarge it.

The picture above is eye-catching for the portal, a Buddhist monk reading the paper in a temple in Chaing Mai. The second photo below was shot at dawn on the Chao Phraya River in a rural area north of Bangkok. The last is a boy from a remote tribe that was
forcibly resettled by the government to a village outside of Chaing Rai. These pictures are my best stuff.

Thanks to the 25,000 visitors from 120 counties in this short time. Thanks, too, to my children, U "R" Us and ShadowyOne, both good photographers, who have covered the blog when I was away. Thanks to NYC's Ming for beautiful photos of the neighborhood where I grew up, Shanghai's Jing for being tour guide and dinner hostess in her exciting city, Minneapolis' Mitch for so much good technical advice and Cleveland's iBlowfish for his pure aesthetics. And so many others I can't count them all.

Gotta go get to work on the next batch of pix. There will be lots more from my home, St Louis, and some interesting places around the US and the world, starting with Puerto Rico next month. And in October a big photo op (hint: where does Bob Seger really want to go if he ever gets out of here?).

So stop by.

TOMORROW: Easter Parade



13 comments:

Ben said...

Happy anniversary. Love your last two shots. They are are stunning.

U "R" Us said...

Keep it up, Daddy-o. You're an inspiration!

Ineke said...

Congratulations and those sure are beautiful photo's !

Thiên said...

Congratulations on your first year! I LOVE these photos. They are simply beautiful.

iBlowfish said...

Strangetastes,
Congratulation on your first anniversary of your blog. Thank you for mentioned me in your today post. I really like this picture of relaxing monk while reading newspaper and those ladies in beauty salon. And I think I have seen few of your very best photos in Arch series, they are very impressive and original with your Strangetaste's style in your composition. Anyway, always looking forward to see your next photo in your post.

oldmanlincoln said...

Congratulations. You chose several really nice photographs for this post. Overall, a very nice photograph with your post today.

Easter greetings from Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

J.C. said...

Congratulations for reaching the 1st year milestone!!

Enjoy viewing the photos from Thailand. Very beautiful photos, indeed!

Looking forward to seeing more of your photos in the future!


J.C. of Subang Jaya Daily Photo

Rambling Round said...

Congrats to you, Strangetastes! Beautiful photos you posted for the anniversary. I didn't realized that the St. Louis photoblog is one day older than the Selma, Ala., blog!

Jana said...

Excellent work!!!

Olivier said...

avec un peu de retard, je te souhaite un superbe anniversaire de DP. Bonne continuité, c'est toujours un plaisir de découvrir tes photos.
with a little of delay, I souhaite you a superb birthday of DP. Good continuity, it est always the plaisir to discover yours photographs.

Mitch said...

Congratulations!
Wow, a year and you haven't burned out yet, good job! I love the harbor scene, but all of them are great. Have you enjoyed the year? How many photos have you taken over the year?
- Mitch

Ming the Merciless said...

Happy 1st Anniversary, Bob!

I love the first (monk) and last (kid) photos the best. They both have an intimate feel of human life - silent but so expressive.

Mitch said...

Thanks for mentioning me in your seminal post! You have created some incredible images over the year; here's to the next!
- Mitch