A Happy and Thoughtful New Year

 Geisha Makiko in Deep Purple

Geisha Makiko in Deep Purple

This portrait of the geisha Makiko of Gion Kobu was taken while Makiko was showing me poses from a dance, but it is not a pose from the dance itself. Makiko had paused to think for a moment, and I asked her to hold the pose. It just felt right to me, and I wanted to capture that moment.

Most people would probably not consider this a holiday image, but I consider the end of one year and the beginning of the next as a time for reflection and contemplation, not just celebration. I like to look back on the past year briefly, look ahead to the new year and what it will bring, and think about where I am in my life right now. I hope everyone takes at least a few moments to do the same.

This will be my last post of 2012. I'll see you again on the second or third Sunday of 2013.