Realizations: 2016 Retrospective – by Guy Rhodes

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The sun sets over Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

East Chicago, IN-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes reflects on this past year and shares his favorite photos of 2016.

I didn’t imagine one of my final moments of 2016 would entail being mocked by a jar of gummy bears. Alas, here I am, hole up in a hotel room in downtown Atlanta (on the road once more lighting R&B singer Anthony Hamilton) where a decidedly tempting mini bar spread has been left for my perusal. Of course, there are the usual confections – Snickers, pretzels, Pringles, and just about every beverage that might quench a thirsty desire. At the forefront, however, is a jar filled to the brim with colorful gummy bears (the jar itself shaped like – what else – a bear). Try as I might, I just cannot justify parting with $7 of my per diem to conquer these viciously flavorful critters, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t tempting.

Compounding this culinary conundrum is the fact that, as of just about two hours ago, I officially turned 35. I keep glancing at the clock on my laptop menu bar, ever-aware of the fact that I am aging by the minute. I also just glanced at the deadbolt on my hotel room door, making sure it was soundly latched – lest the Grim Reaper have easier access when he arrives to reclaim my withered soul. I kid, I kid!

Having my birthday so close to the end of the year often leaves me in an interesting head space. Not only am I left to contemplate what transpired over the past year in the world and society, but I’m also left with the added mental load of considering how I grew and evolved both professionally and personally as another complete year of my life has ticked by. It’s a lot to consider and absorb at once, and it’s even more of a challenge to begin to outline things succinctly here in text form. Throw these gummy bears in the mix, and you’ve got the recipe a long night of writing!

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

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David Sudler of Chicago works to fill the gaps between blocks of ice on the igloo he constructed on a median on Wacker Dr. at Columbus Dr. in downtown Chicago, early Thursday, January 7, 2016. Sudler, who resides in a high-rise near the intersection, is a retired boilermaker. Sudler constructed to igloo to bring awareness to a lack of snow removal by the city at the intersection.

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Edward Morrison poses outside his home in Hammond, Ind., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Morrison, 22, was working Monday for the Fidei Group security firm at the Chicago Auto Pound at 10301 S. Doty Ave. when he was stabbed by someone Morrison recognized as an employee of the facility. Morrison is also a campus police officer for the Indiana University Northwest Police Department.

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Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Fireworks launch over the stadium during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana.

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Seen under a lighting design I completed in October, Anthony Hamilton performs the title track from his album “What I’m Feelin’” at the Altria Theatre in Richmond, Va., Sunday, October 30, 2016.

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