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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

Sky Baby Freeze by dancer Christopher “Push” Costa 
 Push and I will be collaborating on a fun project this fall so stay tuned!

Sky Baby Freeze by dancer Christopher “Push” Costa

Push and I will be collaborating on a fun project this fall so stay tuned!

by Katherine Yaksich

“When I was really young, it inspired me to see someone dance and do something which at the time I thought was physically impossible. So when I see someone do something that looks crazy and abnormal, I’m the sort of person who likes to try things that no one else can really do.”   
  - Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer  
  This image is from last weekend’s Instagram hashtag project #whptodayomet. Thanks   @Instagram   for inspiring me to photograph this series and get to know Push on a much deeper level. 

“When I was really young, it inspired me to see someone dance and do something which at the time I thought was physically impossible. So when I see someone do something that looks crazy and abnormal, I’m the sort of person who likes to try things that no one else can really do.”

- Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer

This image is from last weekend’s Instagram hashtag project #whptodayomet. Thanks @Instagram for inspiring me to photograph this series and get to know Push on a much deeper level. 

by Katherine Yaksich

“My goal is to find myself and figure out how to spread peace and love to all mankind. Right now dance is the most meaningful thing for me because I can show love and share positive energy through it. I like to move, I like to be physical, I like to release positive energy, and I can grab it from people and pass it to other people through dance. 
 Dance changed me. Originally dance was an escape from a poor childhood where I was busy taking care of my little brothers. I came from a poor family with an abusive step father, so for me dance was an escape from school, family, and everything I didn’t like about my life. 
 I really want to inspire other people to love everyone. Everyone wants happiness and love. If I can inspire some people, they can inspire other people, and that’s how it spreads. We don’t need much, we just need to understand how to be kind, happy, and spread love. It’s an ultimate goal and I might not ever reach it, but it’s definitely something to push for.” 
 - Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer 
 I’m really enjoying this weekend’s @Instagram hashtag project, because it’s forcing me to be creative and get to know other people on a much deeper level. 
 #whptodayimet #dance #makeportraits (at PMT Dance Studio)

“My goal is to find myself and figure out how to spread peace and love to all mankind. Right now dance is the most meaningful thing for me because I can show love and share positive energy through it. I like to move, I like to be physical, I like to release positive energy, and I can grab it from people and pass it to other people through dance.

Dance changed me. Originally dance was an escape from a poor childhood where I was busy taking care of my little brothers. I came from a poor family with an abusive step father, so for me dance was an escape from school, family, and everything I didn’t like about my life.

I really want to inspire other people to love everyone. Everyone wants happiness and love. If I can inspire some people, they can inspire other people, and that’s how it spreads. We don’t need much, we just need to understand how to be kind, happy, and spread love. It’s an ultimate goal and I might not ever reach it, but it’s definitely something to push for.”

- Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer

I’m really enjoying this weekend’s @Instagram hashtag project, because it’s forcing me to be creative and get to know other people on a much deeper level.

#whptodayimet #dance #makeportraits (at PMT Dance Studio)

by Katherine Yaksich

A short and fun 25 second slow motion GoPro test clip from PMT Dance Studio’s Urban Renewal All Styles Battle featuring:

Push
Lil B
Firelock
Ida

As expected, the GoPro really doesn’t perform that well in low lit conditions, especially at high frame rates; all of the sequences in this clip were filmed on the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition at 120 fps. However, I was able to get some shots at angles that I normally wouldn’t be able to get with a traditional camera. I’m doing a series of tests before embarking on a major GoPro multi camera project. Stay tuned for more to come… Enjoy!