A New Understanding: 2015 Retrospective – by Guy Rhodes

Mammatus clouds in the sky over St. Nicholas Church in East Chicago, Ind., following a thunderstorm, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mammatus clouds are formed by cool air sinking rapidly from the upper atmosphere.

Mammatus clouds in the sky over St. Nicholas Church in East Chicago, Ind., following a thunderstorm, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mammatus clouds are formed by cool air sinking rapidly from the upper atmosphere.

East Chicago, IN-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes reflects on this past year and shares his favorite photos of 2015.

For the past several years, whenever I’ve sat down to begin selecting my favorite images for this year-end blog, I’ve gotten an overwhelming feeling of worry. I’ve always second-guessed whether I’ve shot enough things throughout the year that stand out enough to be featured together in a best-of collection. Typically, my worries go unfounded, and I’m left struggling to narrow down 50 or more of my favorite images to a palatable selection.

This year, however, was different. As I culled my images (iPhone included) from 2015, I realized that I shot significantly less stills assignments than in previous years, and in the end, I was left with only a handful of images that I felt a personal connection to. This was, of course, discouraging. Nobody wants to realize that one of the things they’re most passionate about slipped away from them a bit, and on the surface, this it exactly how it would appear.

I later realized there was a good reason behind having a lesser amount of images to chose my favorites from. First, my stills work in 2015 shifted towards a different clientele. Three or four years ago, editorial work used to keep me busy with three or four assignments per weekend. I found myself this year shooting more for commercial and corporate clients a handful of times per month. While this may seem like a negative thing at first, the commercial and corporate work has proved to be far, far more lucrative for my business. In short, I’m working less and making more.

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

Lyft ride-sharing service driver Angelica Griffin in downtown Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Griffin, originally from Georgia, is studying for her law degree at DePaul University. Photo by Guy Rhodes

Lyft ride-sharing service driver Angelica Griffin in downtown Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Griffin, originally from Georgia, is studying for her law degree at DePaul University. Photo by Guy Rhodes

Tazia Williams poses in her makeup and costume for the musical Cats at the Hammond Academy for Performing Arts in Hammond, Ind., Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Tazia Williams poses in her makeup and costume for the musical Cats at the Hammond Academy for Performing Arts in Hammond, Ind., Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Dancer Jordan Kennedy performs during the Falling Into Dance concert held at the Hammond Academy for Performing Arts in Hammond, Ind., Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Dancer Jordan Kennedy performs during the Falling Into Dance concert held at the Hammond Academy for Performing Arts in Hammond, Ind., Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Lightning illuminates the sky over the Our Lady of the New Millennium statue at the Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John, Ind., early Saturday, July 18, 2015. The 33-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture, commissioned by Carl Demma, was completed in 1999.

Lightning illuminates the sky over the Our Lady of the New Millennium statue at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Ind., early Saturday, July 18, 2015. The 33-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture, commissioned by Carl Demma, was completed in 1999.

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