Katharine Lotze

Photographer
  
2020: The Year That Was & Wasn't
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Nationality: American
Biography: | Photojournalist specializing in sports & action photography |  My passion for photography began with a passion for sports. As a graduate and record-holding track athlete for Central Washington University, I spent weekends... MORE
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2020: The Year That Was & Wasn't
Copyright Katharine Lotze 2022
Date of Work Jan 2020 - Dec 2020
Updated Dec 2020
Topics Black and White, Documentary, Epidemics, Friends + Family, Pandemics, Photography, Photojournalism, Sports, Surfing
I've heard a lot of people say 2020 is a lost year, and that's true in a lot of ways.

Personally, I feel I lost a lot of ground professionally this year, both due to the pandemic and in other ways.

I also lost a lot of ground personally -- and quite literally. Two consecutive bike crashes have been rather life-changing, resulting in a broken kneecap, severe muscle atrophy, and PTSD that will probably see me put my bikes on the market next year.

It was really, really hard to pick up a camera consistently this year, both mentally and physically. The times I did pick it up, it was either completely force, or complete freedom.

I didn't think I'd have much to look at following this year of loss, this lost year. I knew my images wouldn't be making any of the "2020 In Review" edits -- the images I made were largely for myself, unpublished.

But looking back at my 2020 work, I'm proud. I did what I could, when I could, with what I had in front of me. I still found moments to create, despite the personal, professional AND collective loss of the year.
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