Thursday, December 29, 2011

I made a list or six...

It’s that time of the year again. A time when we look back at the year we spent and a time when we try to look into the future and plan what next year will be made of. A time when we reflect on what we’ve accomplished this year and what we’d like to accomplish for the next one. A time when we like to make lists. Best of, wish list, good resolutions… But why do we like to make lists so much? Because it’s easier to highlight a few things we liked, a few moments we enjoyed, a few things we think might happen in the future than to look back into the narrative of our lives or try to imagine a story not yet written. Also probably because we’d like to keep track of a few references witch have put rhythm into our lives. By making lists we can forget the flow of events, the consequences, we can finally reduce 365 days into a best of we want to remember.
Seeing so many lists around I started to wonder about mine. Why would I want to make a list? And what should I include in this list? Why making my personal list when so many people already have? Well I guess making a list, any list is a personal statement. You can read more into a list than just the words it represents. Every choice should be important and should represent something not to forget. The power of a list is probably less in what it represents now than what it might mean in 2, 5 or 10 years. For me it is definitely more about a personal introspective than about what it might mean for others…
So here we go, here is my 2011 best of in 6 top 6… in photobooks, photo sites, photo projects, tumblrs, TV series and music. They all represent an inspiration, a memory, a milestone that I’d like to not forget! (And believe me, it’s a lot harder to make a top 6 than a top 20… sorry to all missing great ones…)
Top 6 photo sites/blogs
-       Wayne Ford’s posterous:
-       LPV magazine:
-       A photo editor:
-       David Campbell:
-       Des livres et des photos (the printed space): and in English:
-       Burn magazine:
Top 6 tumblrs

-       It’s never summer by Wayne Bremser:
-       MPD by Mark Drolet:
-       Urbanautica by Steve Bisson:
-       Photojojo:
-       This city called earth by Nigel Christian:
-       One year of books:
 Top 6 photobooks
-   A by Gregory Halpern (J&L Books).:
- Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada (Cross Editions):
-  Sasha  by Claudine Doury (Le Caillou Bleu):
- Is this place great or what? by Brian Ulrich:
- American Studies, by Jim Dow:
- Deck of chords by Lauren Henkin & Kirsten Rian:

Top 6 photo projects
-       Laos, Tomas Van Houtryve on emphasis:
-       Postcards from America (Magnum):
-       Prison photography on the road on kickstarter by Pete Brook:
-       Flak photo & photobooks networks on facebook by Andy Adams: &
-       Fototazo by Tom Griggs:
-       The indie photo librairy by Larissa Leclair: 
(Once magazine should also be in this list, but I don’t have an ipad yet…)
Top 6 TV shows
-       How to make it in America, season 1
-       Treme, season 2
-       Breaking Bad, season 4
-       Community, season 3
-       The good wife, season 1
-       Sons of anarchy, season 4
Top 6 music albums
  • Metronomy - The English Riviera
  • Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
  • Keren Ann101
  • Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  • Chromeo - Business Casual
  • JusticeAudio, Video, Disco

Happy New year everyone!!

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