An annual challenge of my job as a photojournalist comes when asked to compile my year in photos. Every 12 months I'm faced with the same obvious question: Which photos do I choose?
Should I pick photos of events that come annually, but nonetheless provide yearly excitement in Walla Walla, such as the balloon stampede or fair? Or, instead should my selections focus on unique moments from the year, showcasing seminal events or occurances not likely to repeat?
As in past years, none of the above approaches struck me as "right." Instead, I have compiled a collection of photos that could most simply be called my favorites.
Some images are favorites for artistic or creative reasons. An uncommon day of summer rain juxtaposed against a bright sunny sign or a moment of control during the chaos of a college soccer match for example.
Other images make the cut because they offer a glimpse of life's simple pleasures. The smile on a father's face as his daughter rides her bike for the first time or a hill of fresh snow offering father and son toboggan time.
The simple, imperfect beauty of life courses through the detail of each image, causing me to pause, and linger.
With that, I offer a few of my favorites from 2010, hoping that at least one will bring a smile to your face or some joy to your heart. Hopefully both.
Jeff Horner's pictures of the year