Here's the photograph I have chosen for December, 2012 (you can click on it to enlarge it):
I almost chose the photograph of Aria from yesterday (which is a technically better photograph and which does touch my heart)
or this photograph, which has such joy and good will.
But I chose the one of my boy, sitting on the turf, after having been fouled. I love the intensity with which he plays soccer and I love all the emotion on his face. I think it is a very evocative photograph (even if it is not technically perfect). For me, this photograph is a window into his competitive soul. The photograph also connects me to him at this particular time in his life. I know that this is his last season of High School soccer, which makes every game bittersweet. I am so glad I was there and was able to capture this moment and all it represents. It reminds me of this quote from Susan Sontag: "To photograph is to confer importance."
To see other choices from December, 2012, check out this link.
In addition, I have chosen the photograph from all of 2012 which gives me the strongest connection to my heart and soul:
The photo is titled "Ghosts in the Field," and you can read its story in this post. When I started looking through all my photos from 2012, I thought it would be difficult to choose just one photograph but this one easily jumped out at me. My heart and soul are with farm workers and this photograph expresses how I feel they are treated, and the possibility of using photography to change the world.
Anyone else out there participating in the Photo Heart Connection? Any new takers? What photo would you choose for December or for 2012?