Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 in Review

There's a couple of other sites I read that are similar in scope to mine and every December I debate about what, if anything, to put here on QC/D to close out the year. I started looking to those other digital publications for inspiration. I thought it might be fun to look at what the most popular posts of 2017 were, kind of like what I did for the tenth anniversary. That post came with an asterisk, though. Because, despite existing since the fall of 2007, Google's Blogger platform only has stats back to 2010. It's also limited in that I can't select a very specific date range and see just this year (your choices are "week," "month," "year," and "all time" ("all time" meaning only back to 2010)). I could go through and manually count the stats, but frankly, I don't have the time or energy at the moment. If I did have that kind of bandwidth, I'd probably get started on ditching Blogger (just like Google has) and converting QC/D to Wordpress or I'd make another video featuring every single photograph made on every camera I own over the past year like in 2014.

So I debated what to do, if anything at all. There's a lot of drafts started for future posts, a lot of photos edited and waiting for words. Those new stories will come in time. For now, I though I'd put on some good music, look back, and just share some of my favorite photographs made over the course of 2017. 

On a personal note, it's been an interesting year with highs and lows. I won't get into all that, aside from the aspect that concerns this website. I've been more diligent about QC/D this year. I've tried to put together compelling and interesting stories and embraced covering/shooting the things I want to see. QC/D's been an important part of my life and I'm hoping it'll continue to be well into the future. With moving to the city proper in late 2016, my life went from mundane suburban highways and bland restaurant chains to walking through my new neighborhood and Downtown almost every day. I've been shooting non stop thanks to advancing camera phone technology and from making a conscious effort to have my DSLR and selection of lenses with me 85% of the time. It's been a pretty good year for photography, creativity, and personal work. While the recent local elections were disappointing and there's a lot of flux in all aspects of life, I'm currently getting ready for a few exciting trips, enjoying time with wonderful people, waiting for the MLS decision on FC Cincinnati, and I started working on a new book, a project that I'm incredibly excited about.

I'm heading out on a trip to end the year with plans for more QC/D content coming up soon. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you'd like.

Favorite photographs made in 2017:

- A fading hand painted mural depicting President Barack Obama. Photograph made the day of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. 

- The Times-Star Building in Downtown Cincinnati as seen from beneath the highways.

- Family walking past the Federal Building in Downtown Cincinnati.

- 4th Street in Cincinnati.

- Ringling Bros. Circus on its final tour visiting Cincinnati one last time.

- 8th St. in Downtown Cincinnati.

- The closed Forest Park Restaurant.

- Pittsburgh.

- Lore City, OH.

- Carnival. Terre-Haute, Indiana.

- FC Cincinnati match in May.

- Pendleton, KY.

- Dad, Uncle Rick, and Papa at dinner.

- Cincinnati skyline from Newport, KY.

- Boston Public Library.

- Boston subway.

- A "House of Hades" tile, a derivative of a "Toynbee Tile."

- Detroit.

- 6th Street.

- FC Cincinnati International Friendly v. Valencia CF.

- Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

- Cincinnati at the corner of Vine and 4th.

- Cincinnati and the Roebling Bridge.

- Downtown.

- Crowded Cincinnati train in the fall.

- Covington, KY.

- The "Eaton Place" in Eaton, OH.

One of the really big things I had the chance to photograph at the close of the year was the Terrace Plaza Hotel in Downtown Cincinnati. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of a good friend and a wonderful preservation community, this was an incredible experience. Look forward to this story and many others on QC/D in the coming year. 

Until then, thanks as always for reading.

Sorry about the advertisements now on the site, but I gotta eat. 


  1. Great photos. As a lifelong Cincinnati resident I love the local photos. I love seeing places I haven’t seen before or have forgotten about or used to visit that are no longer in operation. You have a great eye. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks, Todd! Appreciate you checking things out.