Goals, Growth, and Gratitude: 2014 Retrospective – by Guy Rhodes


Lightning strikes the Willis Tower following a severe thunderstorm as seen from Solidarity Drive, Monday, June 30, 2014.

East Chicago, IN-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes reflects on this past year and shares his favorite photos of 2014.

“Do you ever wonder how many times your life is gonna end? Like how many people you’re… like how many times your life is gonna totally change and then, like, start all over again? And you’ll feel like what happened before wasn’t real and what’s happening now isn’t actually…”

The above prose struck a chord with me as I lit Indiana University Northwest’s production of Circle Mirror Transformation, written by Annie Baker, last November. As I delve deeper into my professions, I find this sort of thing happening more and more often, where facets of productions or images I’m working with touch something deep inside me, often leaving a thought-provoking impression that haunts me for weeks.

As the last of 2014′s calendar days were crossed-off, this passage from the live stage was quite fitting for my experiences, both personally and professionally. It was a year where fantastic, new friendships were gained, and some had to be left behind. It was a year where new professional relationships brought excitement and opportunity, while others – for whatever reason – didn’t feel quite as fluid as they had before. It was a year where some of my thoughts and ideals on life were challenged in ways I hadn’t expected.

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


A view of the full moon behind the Olympic rings at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Friday, February 14, 2014.


Dick Reillo and Stella Jimenez pose during an engagement portrait shoot in Hammond, Ind., Thursday, March 13, 2014. Special effects were used to create the snow for the shoot, which was done on a clear night.


Khalifa Kulaiban of Saudi Arabia is thrown into the air following the Valparaiso University graduation for undergraduates held at the Athletics and Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Ind., Saturday, May 17, 2014.


Self-portrait in Gary, Indiana’s, abandoned City Methodist Church, Tuesday, September 23, 2014. A roof collapse just a few days prior at the famous urban ruin ignited an urgent passion within me to document the beauty of the structure before it vanishes for good.


A fisherman casts his line in San Francisco Bay near Helmet Rock and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., Friday, August 1, 2014.

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