The last 12 months – 2016 in review (photos and writing)

Reflection is a powerful way to promote self-development. It gives us the opportunity to understand what we have done well, as well as the hindsight to understand opportunities we have missed, or times when we may have acted negatively. Ultimately, in the name of efficiency, we would hope to learn and adapt quickly, which can often be a difficult task.

Life is scattered with difficult and challenging moments, which are opportunities for patience and growth. It is easy to lose the grasp we have on our emotions and become frustrated in our professional and personal lives, but these situations are also great tests to practice self-restraint and control.

How fast do you give up on a challenging task or period in your life? Would you rather relieve yourself of frustration, or persevere in a moment of adversity, and deal with whatever may be hidden on the other side? Unknowns can be frightening, but those grey areas are where we can find new challenges and chances to test ourselves.

I made a number of trips to Ukraine this year. During those travels I spent time living at the front lines, experiencing daily artillery shelling and combat, as well as mundane day-to-day life. I visited the families of killed soldiers, met people psychologically and physically maimed by war. There is a surreal understanding that you’re witnessing historic events.

These ‘assignments’ were frustrating at times, filled with moments of frustration and uncertainty. Then, more than ever before, I had to push on and adapt. Thank you to people who regularly sent me messages with kind words about my work – and how I had been able to motivate them – because these are great to look back on in times of doubt.


Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia.

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