My best photographs of 2022
A glance in the rearview mirror
In 2022, I threw my creative energy into several projects, including preparing for my debut exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery and writing magazine articles. Gary and I took our Arctic Fox truck camper to Death Valley, and also through central Oregon, and, finally, to Arizona, where we met up with a wonderful group of photographers for a ten-day rafting trip down the Colorado River through the belly of the Grand Canyon.
In September, I taught at my first in-person photography conference since the pandemic began. I then promptly caught Covid-19 at the conference, which I then passed lovingly onto Gary. (There are very few places to hide when traveling in a truck camper.)
When we recovered, we met up with our friends, Tim and Monique Wales, in the Eastern Sierra to photograph and enjoy the last cool days of Autumn. Otherwise, I continued to photograph in Yosemite every chance I got, including a mid-December trip to assist for Michael Frye’s Yosemite Winter workshop, where we experienced some awesome Winter conditions.
Following are some of my favorite photographs of the year. Let me know which ones are your favorites!
Charlotte Gibb is a contemporary fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in landscapes of the Western United States. Her images are often taken in familiar places for the well-versed landscape photographer, but she prides herself on her keen eye toward the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of the natural world. Growing up among the beautiful mountains of Northern California, she considers herself a student of life, learning about people, nature, music, and photography along the way. But always, her life-long passion for the wilderness shines through it all. Charlotte earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has exhibited her work in several solo shows throughout California. Her darkroom, long gone now, has been replaced with digital darkroom tools, and her style has evolved from a somewhat journalistic approach, to one that pays tribute to the natural world.
Beautiful collection Charlotte! It was great to share some photographic adventures with you this past year. The Grand Canyon was amazing.
Thank you, Michael! We sure had some adventures all together last year!
Wonderful collection. Looks like you had a great year. Sand Storm and Sacred Waters are my favorites.
Thank you, Chris. I like those two as well.
It is a beautiful and engaging collection – with wind, water, ice, plant life, time… – illustrating the very things that shaped the forms you’re photographing.
Thank you, Ed. Isn’t nature beautiful? I love photographs that contain visual metaphors.
Wow, Charlotte! They are fantastic! Look forward to seeing your work from this year! Barb
Thank you, Barb!
Christa Windefalk Ahlenblom
Amazing! Your photographs are incredible – no words can describe the magic you capture✨️
Thank you, Christa!
Beautiful collection Charlotte! They really encase your style while still telling of the adventures you had. May 2023 be even more inspiring.
Thank you so much, Alyce!
All of these are extraordinary.
Ribbon of Gold, Tumbling and Resilience really stood out to me.
Beautiful collection! Congrats!
Thank you, Bill!
Aboslutely stunning work. May 2023 be another productive and inspiring year.
I hope so! Thanks for looking!
Hello Charlotte, Oasis and Ribbon of Gold are my favorites. Beneath the Oaks 3rd place. All the pictures are great, as usual.
Thank you, Paolo! Those are all at the top of my list too. Wishing you a happy 2023!
All of them are definitely portfolio images, but Resilience is my favorite of 2022, Winter Blanket and Bullet follow.
Thanks, Jaime. Resilience was a surprise to me. At first I wasn’t sure it would have what it takes to have the emotional impact that I try to achieve, but then it blossomed in post processing.
Our way is lit is my favorite. I like the abstract shapes of the highlights and blues and also the portrait orientation. Beautiful!
Thank you, Joyce. I love that one too!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection!
You’re very welcome, Bill. Thanks for looking!
Wonderful collection of images Charlotte! I’m so glad we were able to spend some time together in Oregon. Looking forward to staying at Gary’s RV resort one of these days
Thank you, David! Yes, it was great to spend time with you and Jennifer in Oregon. I’m glad I didn’t give you Covid-19 when you were so kind to give me a ride back to camp!
Happy new year Charlotte. Seeing what your eyes have managed to interpret and capture through a year is always a high point for me and this year is no disappointment. If I have to pick “Our way is lit”, and “Resilience” speak the wonder of the places you frequent to me.
Hi Charlotte. I’m in awe of your landscape s.
Are you doing any workshops in2024.
Hi John, thank you for your kindness. At this point, I don’t have any workshops scheduled. I might do something later in the year, though, so stay tuned!
Beautiful Charlotte! I think my favorite is also the “Ribbon of Gold”, but “Resilience” is mesmerising, as is “Sandstorm”. Stunning collection, thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Barbara!
I am going to answer your question as to which ones are my favorites. First, I must say all of these photographs are remarkable and are so consistent with your unique artistic eye. My favorites are: Oasis (absolutley fabulous!), Ribbon of Gold (almost takes my breath away), Winter Blanket (aah, so beautiful) and Raven in Snow (The textures and your rendition of the essence this marvelous bird intrigue me even more). Looking forward to the magnificent images you will be creatign in 2023.
Thank you, Joan, for taking the time to browse my collection and pick out your favorites. I have Ribbon of Gold printed and framed in our home as 20×30 (30×40 framed) and it really does have a lot of emotional impact. As for Raven in the Snow, Ravens are incredible birds, and so clever too. To the casual observer, they are simply a large, black bird. But, when you look more closely, you’ll notice the iridescence in their feathers. I love photographing them.
A truly lovely collection of images.
Thanks much, Hadley!
A stunning Annual portfolio Charlotte, images to be proud of for sure.
Thank you, Clive!
I’ve been improving for six years and my photos are still at base camp while yours are at the summit. Very inspirational. My favs are Oasis, Our Way is Lirt, Winter Solstice, Winter Coat, Misty Aspen Groves, and Ribbon of Gold.
Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m really glad to hear that you’ve been finding inspiration in my work. Photography is definitely a journey, and it can be tough to see progress sometimes, especially when comparing ourselves to others. But it’s important to remember that everyone has their own unique path and we all have our own strengths and weaknesses.
I’m glad you enjoyed some of my photos, especially “Oasis”, “Our Way is Lirt”, “Winter Solstice”, “Winter Coat”, “Misty Aspen Groves”, and “Ribbon of Gold”. They are some of my favorites too. Thanks for mentioning them.
It sounds like you’ve been working hard on your photography for six years, and that’s definitely something to be proud of. Keep pushing yourself, experimenting with new techniques, and challenging yourself to try new things. I believe that with persistence and hard work, you’ll be able to reach the summit with your own photos in no time.
So lovely as always! You have an amazing ability to capture truly beautiful images! Happy New Year and I wish you continued success in the new year.
Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate it! I’m glad you enjoyed the images, it means a lot to me that they are able to evoke such a positive reaction.
I’m thrilled to hear that you think I have an “amazing ability to capture truly beautiful images”. Photography is my passion and I put a lot of hard work and effort into it, so it’s always rewarding to hear that it’s paying off.
I wish you a Happy New Year as well! I’m looking forward to seeing what this new year brings for me and my photography, and I’m hopeful that it will be a successful one. Your support and encouragement means a lot to me, thank you again.
Can’t pick a favorite, they are all full of emotion, and reflect your style perfectly. Misty morning feels so much like coming out of isolation so it really speaks to me. I love the textures and flow of Tumbling, the blowing sands caught so beautifully in Sandstorm, the moods and dress of all the trees, and Ribbon of Gold with it’s light leading through the darkness.
Best wishes for the New Year!
Wow, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and kind words! I’m touched that my work resonates with you and that you took the time to appreciate each photo individually, it means a lot to me. I’m glad that my photographs are able to evoke such a strong emotional response.
Wishing you the best for the New Year as well!
Stunning work Charlotte; such an identifiable and pleasing style. I always feel a combination of inspired, calmed and awed by your photographs. You can feel the spirit of these places in your imagery. For me it’s not about the photographer but if the spirit of the places shines through, and you do that so well!
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. I’m thrilled to hear that my work resonates with you in the way that it does. It’s a huge honor to be able to share my vision and interpretation of the places I photograph and to know that others can connect with it in their own way. Your words about feeling inspired, calmed, and awed by my photographs is truly humbling. Capturing the spirit of a place is something that I put a lot of focus on in my photography, and it’s wonderful to know that it comes across in my images. Thank you again for your support and encouragement.
Wonderful year of images! Your work is so gently captivating and gorgeous. I hope you have a great 2023!
Thank you, Irene! I am glad you enjoyed my work and I appreciate your support. I am looking forward to another great year in 2023. Thank you for taking the time to appreciate my work!
Gorgeous! Happy new year.
Thank you, Winnie! Happy New Year to you, too!
“Beneath The Oaks”
Love “Beneath The Oaks”
Thank you ever so much for sharign these. My favorite iss “Ribbon of Gold” which draws me in into its exspanse light and beauty.
Congratulations on your debut. An awesome achievement! Like them all, especially; Oasis, Sacred Waters, Beneath the Oaks, and who can resist a Raven.
Resilience and Tumbling are my favorites.
What a year!
Paul M. Kavsak
PLease conduct a “best of” yearly photo selection, much like Michael Frye’s.
What a year you had! Such a gorgeous collection of images. Very inspiring. It’s really hard to choose a favorite as I love them all! I always love your tree images. So great to see your canyon shots and dunes! Happy New Year!
Beautiful photos. Your work is alway stunning. I espeacilly like your “Ribbon of Gold” photo. My wife and I did the same trip in August. The monsoon made for very muddy water but the trip was a bucket list event that was unforgettable. Your photo brings back some great memories.
I came to just see if there was anything of importance in my email (all ready for bedey-bye)…then out of the blue was images from you, which I knew would not wait until tomorrow. So, not an early bedtime. As others have said, I have to agree that this is an amazing collection, (as my mind goes directly to OMG)…how to pick becomes so difficult. I loved what Kevin Sink had to say about the spirit that inhabits your photography. And thus, “Oasis” in those side canyons takes my breath away…the layers from the smallest to the largest…the color off the rocks with the movement of the water and accent of the greenery what holds me in the seeing. It seemed to me there were lots that looked more like painting instead of photography (I remember in those long years ago, we had have some kind of app to get that affect)…The Wash was my favorite of that affect. An lastly “Sacred Waters.” The waters and forever the viewer (the raven) are just as grabbing. I could probably go on about all the others, but I do need to sleep…thanks for gifting us with your spiritual sense and mastery of photography. I can hardly wait to go through them much more so I can decide what must stay with me. (Oh, and by-the-way, love the too-too.)
Inspiring work Charlotte! Thank you for sharing.
My favorites (mind you, they’re all excellent and inspiring) are Resilence and Ribbon of Gold. I kept coming back to them and staring at them for quite some time.
Love your work!
A spectacular collection, Charlotte! Exceptional work on all of these photos. Picking out a single favorite is very difficult!
I love the curves and shading in “Sandstorm”, and “The Wash” really looked like a painting at first glance.
But my favorite is “Resilience” for both aesthet
Wow, sorry about that!
My favorite is “Resilience” for both aesthetic and thematic reasons. I find great inspiration from the story of those rugged trees. But they’re all magnificent, and I look forward to seeing this year’s crop!
Thank you, Nick! I’m so glad you enjoyed viewing all of the photos. It’s always a challenge to pick out a favorite, but I’m glad you were able to find one that resonates with you. I appreciate the specific feedback you provided on “Sandstorm” and “The Wash”. They are both special to me as well, and it’s great to know that they stood out to you as well. I’m particularly touched that “Resilience” is your favorite. That photo holds a special meaning to me and I’m glad it was able to inspire you. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the collection and look forward to seeing this year’s work. Thank you for your support!
A wonderful collection of photos, Charlotte! River of Gold and Beneath the Oaks are my favorites but really enjoyed the full collection. Despite the unfortunate end to our time in Oregon, it was a pleasure to teach with you and I will always fondly remember that part of the experience. Cheers for a happy 2023 for you and Gary!
Thanks for taking the time to look through my year-end collection, Sarah. I also will always fondly remember our time teaching together in Oregon. At least we all survived Covid-19, and now have stories to tell about the experience, ha! Gary and I wish you and Ron an excellent 2023 too!
Very Very beatifull photos! Delicate, evocative, intimate. You are a gently source of ispiration.
I saw the collection several times in these dasy and my favorites change everytime; it’s depend on my mood probably that means photos are very intimate!
Happy New Year!
I’m very glad to know that my photographs resonate with you and inspire you, Franco! Your comment is a great source of inspiration for me too, and I appreciate the time you took to write. Happy New Year to you as well! I hope that this year brings you joy, peace, and plenty of new inspiration for your own creative endeavors.
You had a very productive 2022 shooting images; I particularly enjoyed “Winter Blanket”, “Beneath the Oaks”, and “Ribbon of Gold”…so, so lovely!
However what you wrote for “Ribbon of Gold” confused me, and perhaps you can explain it further: “…I usually try not to get attached to a memory or experience associated with my photographs…”
I am not sure why one would attempt this detachment…if I understand your meaning correctly…isn’t that what good photography is supposed to do, evoke a deep emotional response, or memory in the observer?
It would seem to me that if an image we created did not evoke some memory or emotional response from either the photographer, or viewing audience, then maybe the experience, and image are better forgotten, all together?
I look forward to seeing more of your images in 2023!
Thank you for your kind words about my work and for your thoughtful questions. I appreciate your interest in understanding my approach to photography.
When I wrote that I try not to get attached to a memory or experience associated with my photographs, I didn’t mean that I don’t want the photographs to evoke memories or emotional responses in the viewer. Rather, I meant that I don’t want my own personal memories or experiences to cloud my judgment when I’m creating the photograph or when I’m editing and sharing it.
I believe that as photographers, we bring our own experiences and emotions to the process of creating a photograph. If we’re too attached to a particular memory or experience, it can be difficult to see the photograph objectively and make decisions about composition, lighting, and other technical aspects of the image. Similarly, if we’re too attached to a particular memory or experience, we may be inclined to share the photograph for sentimental reasons rather than for artistic reasons.
I hope that clarifies my statement. Of course, it’s not always easy to detach oneself from one’s own memories and experiences, but I think that trying to maintain a certain level of objectivity can help to create stronger, more powerful images.
I hope this makes sense to you and thank you again for your interest in my photography. I look forward to creating more images in 2023 as well!
It’s just so lovely how the world quiets and my monkey mind settles while looking at your photos, Charlotte. Okay, maybe a little less so with Bullet..! Having just returned from a weekend in the Cascades, I’m partial to your winter shots, Solstice, Blanket and Coat. I feel like I can practically hear them. And just LOVE Ribbon of Gold, including that you shared a perspective shot of you taking that one. So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Matt, for sharing your thoughts about my work. I still have many photos yet unprocessed from my time in Yosemite this Winter, so look for future posts about those pieces soon.
Lovely work Charlotte. Congratulations of a great year. Really love the winter images.
Thank you, John! I’m glad you like the winter photographs. There will be more to come in the near future!
Enjoying all of your images and the most that I like is the Oasis and Sandstorm, they are just outstanding but they all are! Can’t wait to see more of your new images soon.
Thank you for your kind words! I am glad you enjoy my images, particularly the Oasis and Sandstorm. I will continue to create new and exciting images for you to enjoy in the future. Thank you for following my work!