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2015 In Photographs

January 2, 2016 | 4 minute read | By Kevin Read

One thing that was obvious at the end of last year: my 2016 new years resolution needs to be to finish more photographs. I have piles of unorganised images, dumped onto a hard drive at the end of various trips and left unseen on my computer.

With some time spare over Christmas, I looked through my catalogues over the last 12 months and pulled out a few pictures below for a year in review.

Tree Portrait | Sossusvlei, Namibia

Probably my favourite place I have ever photographed, this area of the Namib desert contains flat clay pans in between towering sand dunes, where the dead trees have been preserved for hundreds of years.

Sibelius Monument | Helsinki, Finland

This unusual monument to the Finnish composer Sibelius consists of more than 600 steel pipes welded together and then raised up so you can explore it from underneath as well as around the sides.

Monument Valley | Utah, USA

Just after sunset, it was dark enough during this scene to capture the headlights of cars in the valley.

Dune at Sunset | Sossusvlei, Namibia

We spent over two hours photographing and climbing the famous Dune 45 in Sossusvlei National Park in Namibia while the sun set behind us. As we left, a family joined us and asked if we’d been to Dune 45 yet. I don’t know if the dune in this photograph has a name, but apparently it’s not Dune 45.

Forest Floor | Lapland, Finland

Although I missed peak autumn colours in Lapland in September, the smaller plants had plenty of colour left in them, creating an amazing carpet for the forest floor.

Bridge Reflections | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Under a bridge in Pittsburgh the light reflected off the water to create this abstract pattern.

Lamp and Cathedral | Helsinki, Finland

This lamppost in a side street lined up perfectly with the contours of Helsinki Cathedral, so I set up in the road quickly to capture the pattern.

Benji | Lapland, Finland

The friendliest of the hundreds of huskies living at Guesthouse Husky in northern Finland

Intimate Landscape | Lapland, Finland

One of the many lakes I stopped to photograph in Lapland, I made this image just as it was beginning to get dark.

Dunes | Sossusvlei, Namibia

A set of layered dunes from the desert in southern Africa.

Painted wall and hose | Helsinki, Finland

In a residential area of Helsinki, I was drawn to the texture of the peeling paint on the side of this shed.

Wires and Wall | Helsinki, Finland

I don’t know what this box or wires do and they were on the side of a very pretty church, but somehow the balance in this image seems more complete to me than any of the others that I took that day.

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