01 January 2009

Theme Day - Best Photo of 2008


Today, being the first of the month, it's Theme Day for the City Daily Photo family and today's Theme is 'Best Photo of 2008.'

Flicking through the year's photographs, I found the ones I responded to were always of people. Sad, happy, tired, whatever. It seems to me people are what matter even though I do love to take views too. So, here's a young man photographed in Eze Village, which is near to Monaco, in October. How thin he is in comparison to his large head and hands. He seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. He's taking a break from his work at one of the two prestigious hotels in the village.

Today's post is dedicated to a fellow CDP blogger (he knows who he is) who, by email, has endlessly and patiently helped me with photographic advice and encouragement over the last year or so - without you, bla bla.

Happy New Year to everyone and thank you to all the friends I've met through blogging - let's hope that 2009 brings a more peaceful world.

To view other City Daily Photo bloggers' favourite Photo of the Year - and you'll see some fabulous photographs, I know - Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

For an update on the continuing story of Mistral and Mia, the Hell Hole dogs - which is getting better by the minute - please click on the link.

28 comments:

Lynette said...

Portland Oregon Daily Photo sends you heartfelt wishes for the new year. May your 2009 be filled with good health, riches of the mind and heart, loved ones returning home, an increased respect for our fragile planet, and the cessation of wars across the Earth.

Super choice for your theme day post, both the photo and your text!

Chris said...

Hello, Jilly! This is such a nice photo!

Cheers for a happy new year! May the world find 2009 a more peaceful, optimistic, blessed and safe year.

Chris

Laurie said...

JIlly, this is one of my favorites! I remember it vividly from when I first saw it. You have such an uncanny ability to capture intimate, introspective moments in people.

Here's to a beautiful new year. May yours be filled with love, peace and prosperity.

rob said...

So happy to see this photo again!
Felice 2009!

Kate said...

Jilly, I, too, remember this photo very well. I think it stays in one's memory because it involves a reflective, quiet individual. I've posted in both blogs today: Mazatlan and St. Paul. See you there!! Happy New Year again!

bitingmidge said...

That picture really does take my breath away!

I hope you have a fantastic 2009, and I expect to see at least one picture like that every day!

Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

Virginia said...

Yes by all means this is a winner. May I add another personal fav? The man in the tuxedo at the bar? A nice one as well.
Now I am off to check on the girls and see how they are doing.
V

babooshka said...

I have enjoyed so many of your images and this is a classic one. It is that sneaked capture moment of calm. Always a pleasure to stop by.

Happy New Year

Tanya said...

Oh I remember this photo! One of my personal favorites too!

slim said...

What a great story here, Jilly. Great choice. I hope you find lots more of these to share in 2009!

crittoria said...

A great choice, Jilly. Happy New Year!!

Bob Crowe said...

Jilly - this is so good. The setting, the expression, his posture - and the coffee cup adds the perfect, surprising touch. Looking forward to seeing your work in the new year.

Gail's Man said...

All the best for 2009.
Thanks for all the car photos you've posted. I'm sure I am due another one very soon!

Also thanks for visiting and comments. Always welcome.

Hope your new dogs do well and you find them loving homes. Gailsman x

Sharon said...

Ah yes, I remember this one very well. I love it.

Small City Scenes said...

Let's hope he is saying goodbye to 2008 and maybe he will be smiling in 2009.

HAPPINESS TO YOU ALWAYS IN 2009.

MB

Ming the Merciless said...

Great choice for the photo of the year.

Have a happy and healthy new year.

Jim said...

You just proved my point with my comment on your other blog. Another wonderful photo.

Clueless in boston said...

Great choice. Maybe this guys just needs some help buying shirts that fit his neck. Happy theme day! And happy new year too. Wishing you peace and prosperity in 2009.

Buck said...

Great choice. I'll be seeing his face for a long time.

Mo said...

Oh I remember this one. Loved it then, love it still.

Celine said...

Awesome portrait... catching someone off guard like that is always my favorite way to view a person. Happy new year, Jilly.

TOG said...

It is more then a picture. The young man has a story and he stopped me and I'm still thinking. Thank you for sharing the picture.

• Eliane • said...

Oh wow, this is a wonderful one! There's a whole story in this snapshot. Love the instrospective attitude, the expresso break and the light, the shadows. Superb! Great choice.
Have a very Happy New Year, Jilly! Bonne année, sous le soleil de Monaco! :)

PJ said...

He looks...what is the word...ah, yes, French! What panache in the middle of such despair, the French always seem to do everything with style!

USelaine said...

A great and memorable choice! He looks like a character created by Norman Rockwell, with the proportions you describe. Blessings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster upon you in 2009.

nathalie said...

Yes yes yes yes yes
I remember how I loved this photo when you first published it! You have become excellent at people photography but this one takes the cake. I am delighted to see it again.

I wish you a very happy new year!

Joan said...

Such a mood shot. Lovely.

Baruch said...

Great choice!

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