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2014 A Year in Review by Katherine Yaksich

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2014 | A Year in Review

Greetings from California! When I look back at 2014, I can’t help but be surprised by how quickly the year flew by. It’s quite startling actually. I’ve decided that moving forward I need to reevaluate and work on my relationship with time. I need to savor the adventures a bit more and stop more frequently to soak up, enjoy, and live in the moment.

I’m also incredibly grateful for all of the beautiful moments I experienced and the people I shared them with. One thing I’m proud of is how much time I was able to spend with my friends that live on the west coast. I took 7 trips out west to CA this year, mostly for work. But more than ever, I realize that cultivating friendships and community takes a lot of work and energy, but is also meaningful, necessary, rewarding, and quite possibly the most important aspect of life. I want to be intentional about cultivating relationships and one way I will do this is by designing adventures specifically for that purpose. This past year I finally summited Half Dome with my friend Matt and in 2015, I will head to South Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar with my friend Drew to conquer Kilimanjaro and hopefully get some great views of “big cats playing ball”. 

One of my major highlights of 2014 was the time I spent as the Photographer in Residence onboard the M/S Expedition ship in the Arctic, 600 - 800 miles from the North Pole. It was truly a transformative experience spent in the wild, beautiful, and fragile polar environment, and made me realize firsthand the importance of safeguarding the future of our planet. I’m so excited to embark in a few weeks on a 2 month adventure and photo residency back onboard the M/S Expedition down in Antarctica, which has been on my bucket list ever since I was in 4th grade and is also my final continent to explore. It will definitely be a meaningful experience that will undoubtedly shape my life and future work.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure and for allowing me to share some of my favorite moments. I wish you a beautiful, adventurous, and transformative 2015! 

The photos above are my top 10 favorite images of 2014 with captions below.

All My Best, 
Reuben

1. Polar Bears in the Arctic, photographed about 100 meters away from a zodiac and one of the most challenging images I’ve ever captured (Svalbard, Norway)

2. Dr. Tom Smith, rifle master and naturalist, once saved a polar bear’s life by punching it in the face (Svalbard, Norway)

3. A mountain peak emerges in Inglefieldbreen, Svalbard, less than 800 miles from the North Pole

4. NYC Ballet, Jen Trahan for Reuben Hernandez Studios, NYC

5. Yosemite’s Half Dome summit with Matthew Morgan (California)

6. Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse, photographed from Southern California

7. Christopher “Push” Costa at PMT Dance Studio, NYC

8. Spiderman Parkour Self Portrait, Brooklyn, NY

9. JR’s Inside Out Project at Millions March NYC 

10. 9/11/2014, NYC

by Katherine Yaksich

2 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 It’s not very often that you get a chance to film and photograph NYC Ballet dancers on a NYC rooftop overlooking Central Park, with direct views of the top of the Empire State building. This was one of those days, and it was absolutely magical, breathtaking, and surreal. That’s why I love NYC so much; it’s full of magic, wonderful surprises, and extraordinary, talented people. There is beauty all around us. 
 I nominate @jen_trahan for the black and white challenge, which is quite fitting because this photo was taken by Jen Trahan for @reubenhernandez studios (at New York City Ballet)

2 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

It’s not very often that you get a chance to film and photograph NYC Ballet dancers on a NYC rooftop overlooking Central Park, with direct views of the top of the Empire State building. This was one of those days, and it was absolutely magical, breathtaking, and surreal. That’s why I love NYC so much; it’s full of magic, wonderful surprises, and extraordinary, talented people. There is beauty all around us.

I nominate @jen_trahan for the black and white challenge, which is quite fitting because this photo was taken by Jen Trahan for @reubenhernandez studios (at New York City Ballet)

by Katherine Yaksich

Face 2 Face by @jr: “In 2007, during the Face 2 Face project, JR and Marco organized the largest illegal photography exhibition ever. For this project, portraits of Israelis and Palestinians are pasted face to face, in large format on both sides of the wall and in several Palestinian and Israeli cities. In a very sensitive context, we have to be clear. We are in favor of a solution in which two countries, Israel and Palestine would live peacefully within safe and international recognized borders. We can be optimistic.” (at Soho, New York City)

Face 2 Face by @jr: “In 2007, during the Face 2 Face project, JR and Marco organized the largest illegal photography exhibition ever. For this project, portraits of Israelis and Palestinians are pasted face to face, in large format on both sides of the wall and in several Palestinian and Israeli cities. In a very sensitive context, we have to be clear. We are in favor of a solution in which two countries, Israel and Palestine would live peacefully within safe and international recognized borders. We can be optimistic.” (at Soho, New York City)

by Katherine Yaksich

A photo of JR during the first day pasting at the NYC Ballet. It has been an absolute blast documenting such a prolific and influential artist. The second night of the NYC Ballet Art Series featuring JR is this Friday, February 7th. The art exhibition is open to the public  from 10 - 5   until February 8th.

A photo of JR during the first day pasting at the NYC Ballet. It has been an absolute blast documenting such a prolific and influential artist. The second night of the NYC Ballet Art Series featuring JR is this Friday, February 7th. The art exhibition is open to the public from 10 - 5 until February 8th.

by Katherine Yaksich

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It was an honor filming JR and his team paste on the outside windows of the NYC Ballet today, especially since I’m a huge fan of his work and he’s one of my favorite artists (NYC can be so magical). I was impressed by how hard JR and his crew works, and they truly put a tremendous amount of heart and soul into each installation and pasting they do. JR is collaborating with the NYC Ballet and I’m very much looking forward to the opening night next week on January 23rd. Hope to see you there!