a year-in-review


  1. photo a day recap
  2. mirrors
  3. prism
  4. shattered
  5. top 5 of 2017
  6. closing

photo a day recap

The full page for my photo a day project can be found here. The project was resumed on June 12th after I took a brief hiatus. It is still ongoing. Here are some of my favorite photos from each month:

june (15)

july (13)

august (7)

september (22)

september (23)

october (1)

november (27)

december (9)


mirrors was my first independent project in my advanced photography class during my senior year of high school (completed april 2017). I combined 3 mirrors using some duct tape (classy, I know) and created a triangular object that I used to shoot through. The full project page is available here.


prism was my second independent project in my previously mentioned advanced photography class (completed may 2017). I used a prism--like the ones typically used in a school science class to teach about light and how it bends--and mainpulated my photographs with it. The full project page is available here. Below are some highlights of project:


shattered was my final independent project in my advanced photography class (completed may 2017). I took a large square mirror, glued it to the top of a pizza box (again...classy) and took it out and shot with it. Needless to say, I got some glass shards in my hand from it, and it was nearly impossible keeping the mirror intact. In hindsight, I should have put a layer of duct tape on the back of the mirror to hold it together (just pro-tip if anyone attempts this), however I do not suggest condone attempting to recreate it or do a similar project. The full project page is available here. Below are some highlights of project:

top 5 (yearly highlight)

This part of my year-in-review is where I look back and choose my 5 favorite photos that I've taken within the year and haven't already featured in this year-in-review. Here are my top 5 photos of 2017:

untitled / dec 10th

shapely / aug 8th

untitled / july 13th

untitled / aug 10th

bed of flowers / july 18th


2017 was an insane year for me, and I couldn't be prouder of the work I produced this year. I widened my shooting locations to places incuding surrounding parts of the midwest, as well as Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee. I can only imagine the amazing shots I can get during my time travelling in 2018. I learned a lot and grew immensely as an artist. I'm so thankful that 10,000 people were crazy enough to follow my photography Twitter account, and I can only hope that number will continue to grow. Looking back, 2017 was a smashing success--I had so many great photos I'd simply forgotten about and I'm beyond glad I took the time to go back.

As always, thank you, and here's to a great 2018.

ethan kohl / 2017