Designing Maturity: 2012 Retrospective – by Guy Rhodes

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Lightning strikes Lake Michigan offshore of the Chicago skyline as seen from Whihala Beach in Whiting, Ind., Thursday, May 3, 2012.

East Chicago based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes reflects on his favorite photos of 2012 and how he’s grown as a professional and as a person.

This past October, I found myself on the stage of a local theater, having a one-on-one production meeting with the director of a show I was lighting there. Set pieces, still in various stages of completion, became the walls of our impromptu meeting room. We canvassed the stage together and discussed specific lighting cues planned for different moments in the script.

The sweet smell of fresh paint hung heavy in the theatre and, perhaps, was partially responsible for our conversation eventually veering away from the particulars of the show and to those of our personal lives. As we discussed changes in both of our social landscapes that had recently occurred, the director looked me in the eyes and asked, “When did you realize that you’d grown up and become a man?” It didn’t take very long for me to respond, “This year.”

I know, I know – you’re probably scratching your heads wondering how a 30-year-old could not feel like a grown man. You see, until recently, other than the government saying I was an “adult” at age 18, I didn’t really have much else to qualify what it meant to feel like a “grown-up”. Even into my late twenties, I felt the same youthful energy I’d known for most of my teenage years. Working in industries surrounded by energetic and passionate actors, dancers, and other artists doesn’t hurt one’s sense of youth, either.

2012 brought with it a notable shift in my thoughts and feelings on life, however, along with new senses of maturity and responsibility. Changes in my personal relationships, growth and setbacks on the work front, and even the death of a friend’s pet I’d grown to love as my own all contributed to this paradigm shift, I’m sure. Besides, all of those things make for a much more logical-sounding explanation for feeling older than the errant grey hairs atop my head that now plague my view in the bathroom mirror. A big part of this increased feeling of maturity, however, occurred for me this year on the work front.

Continue reading and see more photos on Guy’s blog.

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Aerostars Formation Aerobatic Team pilot Dave Monroe of Crystal Lake, Ill., performs a landing break over the Gary-Chicago Airport in a Romanian-built Yak-52TW aircraft during a demonstration flight for the Gary South Shore Air Show, Friday, July 6, 2012. The team is one of several aerobatic groups performing in this weekend’s air show held at Marquette Park Beach.

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A 737 aircraft (left) and the planet Venus (upper right) transit across sun as it begins to set behind a water tower in Munster, Ind., Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The next transit of Venus won’t occur until December 2117.

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Waves crash onto rocks surrounding the Michigan City Lighthouse as the Aurora Borealis luminesce in the sky over Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Ind., Monday, April 23, 2012.

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Sergeant First Class JD Berentis, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, free-falls over Lake Michigan and Marquette Park during the team’s performance in the Gary South Shore Air Show held at Marquette Beach in Gary, Ind., Sunday, July 8, 2012. Berentis is the leader for the group’s Gold Demonstration Team.

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Spectators fill Chicago’s North Avenue Beach during the annual Chicago Air and Water Show held Saturday, August 18, 2012.

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