2014 Review - Steven Martin

2014 Photography Review

2014 has been my best year for photography yet. Back in January, I was in the middle of a month-long trip to South East Asia. I saw in the New Year in Chiang Mai and, after spending a week on the beaches of southern Thailand, headed to Burma (Myanmar), a beautiful country where I took a lot of my favourite photos, not just of this year, but ever. Several months later, I headed to Sardinia for a week-long family holiday. In July I visited Naples for a wedding, and spent time on Procida island as well as a few days in Rome. Then, in November, I was off to Asia again, for two weeks in northern India - Rajasthan, Agra, Varanasi and Delhi. Photographically speaking 2014 was the year in which I really started to build up the confidence to take more portraits. Portraits are my favourite genre of photography, and the rich, characterful faces of the sadhus of northern India, not to mention the beautiful faces of the Burmese people, provided ample opportunities for me to practice and develop techniques. I couldn't narrow my selection down to ten, so below are my top sixteen photos.

Harbour, Procida Island

16 - Harbour on Procida Island

15 - Caribbean-coloured waters on Cala Brandinchi beach, Sardinia

14 - An Indian family at Jaisalmer Railway Station

13 - Light streaming into the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome 

Indian sadhu (holy man) in Varanasi

12 - Indian holy man (sadhu) on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi

11 - Indian holy man (sadhu), Varanasi

Children in Bagan, Burma

10 - Two brothers at a quiet Buddhist temple, Bagan, Burma (Myanmar)

9 - Sunset over Bagan, Burma (Myanmar)

Buddhist monk painting an altar

8 - Buddhist monk painting a shrine on the banks of Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)

Indian sadhu (holy man) in Udaipur

7 - Indian holy man (sadhu) at Jagdish Mandir temple, Udaipur

Children in Bagan, Burma

6 - Sister and brother, Bagan, Burma (Myanmar)

Life behind the Taj Mahal, Agra

5 - Life behind the Taj Mahal

Orange seller at Kalaw, Burma

4 - Orange seller, taken from the train from Kalaw to Shwenyuang

Indian sadhu (holy man) in Varanasi

3 - Indian holy man (sadhu), Varanasi

Performers relax at Doi Suthep, Thailand

2 - Dancers taking a break at Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Burmese fisherman on Inle Lake at sunset

1 - Traditional Burmese fisherman at sunset on Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)

I was delighted to get this image published in Lonely Planet's magazine and 2014 calendar.