BACK IN THE YEARS when I worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer, this week marked a time of looking back on the past year’s news stories and photos. I paged through back issues of the newspaper in search of the most significant local events in our coverage area. And then I compiled a year-in-review feature for the front page of the weekly. More often than not, the selected stories were ones of tragedy and heartbreak. Such is the nature of hard news. Please don’t blame the messenger. It is a mistake I still attempt to correct when people complain about the news. Writers do not cause/create the news.
All of that aside, this year I found myself once again compiling a year-in-review, this time for my monthly photo essay, Through a SoMinn Lens, publishing in the regional lifestyle magazine Southern Minn Scene. When the editorial calendar called for the January/February issue to focus on the past year, I knew immediately that I would ferret out photos from my files to represent each month of 2019.
That proved challenging and time-consuming as my files hold thousands of images. But I whittled down the selection, giving the editor options. The result is a mix of 21 photos with subjects ranging from personal to community celebrations, from art to nature…
In my photography, I aim not to present instagrammable moments, but to show authenticity, to tell a story. My granddaughter running across a grassy field, her curls flying, her long legs pumping. Waves rippling across a lake and lapping at the hooves of horses. Dancers in colorful costumes showcasing their heritage.
These images represent my life, my world, my Minnesota. The places and people and experiences that were part of my 2019, that held importance in my life for a moment. Or more.
To view my photo essay, “Reflections on 2019 in images & words,” click here.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
What a vibrant life you have captured and shared with us. A wonderful gallery. Happy 2020
Thank you, Ruth.
My goodness Isabelle is growing like a wildflower!! May 2020 bring you many happy events to cover – especially with family.
Thank you, Lori. Yup, those grandkids have a way of sprouting and then growing like wildflowers.
Love you’re photography. ❤
Thank you, Penny. It brings me much joy to share these moments in images.
Your photo message in Southern Minn Scene is great. So fun to see all the great pictures you captured for the 2019.
Thank you, Valerie.
My favorite of course is your sweet granddaughter running full speed ahead. Perfect!
Yup, I love that image, too. One of my favorite photos of Izzy.