With 2013 — The Year in Chronological Review

2013 is gone and buried the world over. Happy New Years and a hearty hello to 2014.

In order to welcome in the next 365 days, I’ve compiled, in chronological order, a set of 100 of some (I could have easily done 200) of my favorite photos from 2013. By my very rough, back-of-the-envelope calculating, I figure I’ve shot around 8,000 frames of film in the last year. Selecting only 100 images in order to create a cohesive review was a bit of a task. Some things that I am proud of from 2013 are not here represented, and others are simply under embargo. Of the things I can share, though, I feel this is a solid core sample.

2013 was really the year of Japan for me. By the end of November, I’d been to that most awesome of countries a total of four times. As such, a disproportionate amount of the photos here are taken for Japanese clients or were taken in Japan itself. I can honestly say that after this year, I am more comfortable making my way around Tokyo than almost anywhere else on the globe.

A number of important milestones were reached for me this year—shooting for Nike while using film being chief among them (the photos are unfortunately on lockdown). I was able to continue and build upon my relationship with Kinfolk Magazine, and the Kinfolk Table, a sizable portfolio of my 2012 work, was released successfully. I was blessed enough to shoot another cover story for HUGE magazine, with portraits of Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi and Steven Ellison of Flying Lotus. Beginning the Overgrowth project, a collaboration with my dear Riley Messina, and exhibiting those images overseas was another big achievement. Perhaps my favorite moment of the entire year was being able to meet and shoot a lunch session with Jiro Ono.

I can honestly say that 2013 was the busiest year of my life. I am happy to say that because I could honestly say the same about 2012 way back then, which I think is a great measure of growth.

By the same token, 2013 reminded me that it is imperative to keep one’s mind in the moment (as opposed to being fixated on the moments, hours or days just ahead). C. S. Lewis said that “the Present is the point at which time touches eternity,” and I happen to agree. It’s sometimes terribly difficult to remember to appreciate that present, though, when you’re living out of hotels and have three or four shoots to pull off in a day. How soon the pleasures of work and travel become mundane unless we steel ourselves against such things.

Lastly, 2013 saw the beginning and the deepening of many important friendships—first and foremost in my relationship with Riley. Secondly, in my friendship and partnership with my brother. Third, with my dear friend Sawako Akune. And fourth, with the wickedly talented Hideaki Hamada. My life is now full of affections for literally hundreds of people here and in Japan that I didn’t know a few mere months past. It’s strange and interesting how quickly life can pivot, and worlds can open up.

And on that note, I will simply say that I am excited for the new year. Let’s do our utmost to make it a good one, shall we?

15 Responses to “With 2013 — The Year in Chronological Review”

  1. Your portraits are insanely incredible! Truly love your work Parker.

  2. Meredith says:

    Absolutely unbelievable work. Wow.

  3. Truly inspired work! You have redefined the meaning of ‘headress’ for sure

  4. Sosae says:

    Your work is so evocative, Parker. It has light and movement and quite literally, breathes. I’m inspired by it. Thank you.

  5. Robin says:

    Parker, I am just floored at this year in review. I’ve felt so blessed to witness your work over the years. I always look back and wish that we had had the money to afford you for our wedding photography years back, Your work inspires me – the colours, the emotion. You’re doing great things.

    Have a great year!

  6. Jessie says:

    absolutely stunning. I’m so glad to have found your work!

  7. [...] I adore the work of Parker Fitzgerald. His photographs frequent the pages of Kinfolk magazine (which I also adore) and many other publications. At the close of 2013, he compiled 100 of his favorite photos of the year and they can be seen on his blog HERE. [...]

  8. Love your work!, from Argentina

  9. nirav says:

    A huge inspiration Parker. Just lovely.

  10. Liz says:

    These photographs are fantastic. I’ve never been to Japan, but I’ve always felt it was a dreamy sort of country. I think you really captured its essence in your photographs. Your work is absolutely inspiring!

  11. ‘Tribe Making and Christmas Trees’ was the first body of work I viewed from your portfolio. After going through this post, I was instantly absorbed by your creative execution, colours, and way of conveying a story. I’ve enjoyed watching your progress as well as where your photography has lead you over the year. Excited for what’s to come!

  12. Makiko says:

    I really love your work… what a great inspiration! XO from Los Angeles. – MAKIKO

  13. Carey says:

    Hideki Hamada is such an inspiring photographer for me. You too Parker. Been enjoying Kinfolk Japan this year!

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