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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Pictures of the Year

Culling through a year’s worth of images is always a very humbling experience. It’s an interesting exercise because it always gives me a good overall perspective of what I’ve done – or haven’t done – with my year. The year 2015 marked a move away from photojournalism work to more commercial, marketing and event photography. I still did a fair amount of photojournalism freelance work, but the bulk of my day-to-day shooting was not photojournalism for the first time. Interestingly, I processed more “selects” in 2015 (7,876) than I did in any single year while I was a full-time staff photographer. So while it sometimes felt like I wasn’t shooting as much this year, I actually was. Below are my 10 favorite moments of 2015. Thanks for looking, and I wish everyone a great New Year.

J Thomas Forbes, executive director of the Indiana University Alumni Association, waits at the start/finish line before driving the pace vehicle for the Women's Little 500 on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

J Thomas Forbes, executive director of the Indiana University Alumni Association, waits at the start/finish line before driving the pace vehicle for the Women’s Little 500 on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a group of School of Global and International Studies students on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the school on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Secretary Kerry's visit coincides with the dedication of the university's state-of-the-art, 165,000-square-foot Global and International Studies Building, which opened in August. Kerry is the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a group of School of Global and International Studies students on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at the school on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Secretary Kerry’s visit coincides with the dedication of the university’s state-of-the-art, 165,000-square-foot Global and International Studies Building, which opened in August. Kerry is the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Year in Instagrams

I’m very thankful for Instagram. It’s a great platform for photographers to exercise and expand personal vision while discovering new photographers. (Seriously, this isn’t an ad for Instagram.) For me, it’s a great daily challenge in visual thinking. It forces me to see the light in everyday situations, which helps to keep me visually stimulated. Almost all of my photos from this year were #nofilter squares. The only filter I used was Inkwell to create contrasty, black and white images. I’m still a big fan of the traditional square because it’s an interesting aspect to work with coming from someone who shoots a lot of 3:2 rectangles on a DSLR for a living. Below are a few of my favorite Instagrams from 2015. Thanks for looking. Please consider following me on Instagram: @jamesbrosher.

Craziest house party I've been to in yearsWishing my wonderful and beautiful fiancée Barbara a very happy birthday todayLone leafIU banners.Typical Earl.IU logos carved into limestone are seen at the main entrance of the Student Building. The architectural firm Vonnegut and Bohn from Indianapolis designed the building. Firm co-founder Bernard Vonnegut is the grandfather of writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The building was built in 1905.Rainy day on the @iubloomington campus.It's a rainy day on the @iubloomington campus (but at least it isn't snowing).Post-brew cleanup.Broadway in NashvilleEarl.Little 500Old Glory still flys on this old church on Bethel Lane north of Bloomington.Packing up my camera gear for a trip to Kokomo and South Bend tomorrow, I look over and see these two jokers on my bags.You don't know JackImportant wedding business: tasting the Hoppily Ever After IPA homebrew.Boats on the Ohio River in Cincinnati.Herman B Wells raindrops.Great show at The Bluebird tonight by Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench PressIU Jeff Gordan's last Brickyard 400.Dunkirk, IndianaFirst day of fall semester classes at IU Bloomington.Morning hike in Capri, Italy with peninsula near Sorrento visible across the Gulf of NaplesSunset behind the Arch of Constantine in Rome.Babs at the VaticanFall foliage is increasingly visible on the IU Bloomington campus including next to Franklin Hall, future home of the IU Media School.Sunday.Evening light at the IU SGIS.St. Louis

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Indiana Pacers blow out Milwaukee Bucks 123-86

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) works against Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo (3) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 123-86. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward C.J. Miles (0) shoots in front of Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 123-86. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III (40) leads a fast break against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 123-86. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Indiana University’s Old Crescent

For the past year, I have been working from time to time on an Instagram project capturing details and scenes from Indiana University’s Old Crescent. The Old Crescent is the historical core of IU Bloomington and home to several of the most iconic scenes on campus. Despite this, it has in recent decades become home to mostly administrative offices as many of the students take classes elsewhere on campus. IU President Michael McRobbie stressed the importance of the Old Crescent in his 2010 State of the University Address:

Whether we intend it or not, our buildings reflect our values. The Old Crescent should be among the main academic centers on campus and a vibrant hub of student and academic life and activity, day and night.

Since his address, IU has restored some vigor to the area of campus through a series of renovations allowing classrooms and departments to move back into the historic buildings. As an alumnus and a fan of the university’s incredible limestone structures, it’s fascinating to watch the revitalization of the Old Crescent. I rarely frequented the area as a student so I’ve made an effort over the past year to take Instagram walks through the Old Crescent whenever I have an opportunity.

IU logos carved into limestone are seen at the main entrance of the Student Building. The architectural firm Vonnegut & Bohn from Indianapolis designed the building. Firm co-founder Bernard Vonnegut is the grandfather of writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The building was built in 1905.Evening light on the @iubloomington Sample Gates earlier this evening. It was a very quiet day on Kirkwood and campus because of spring break.Student Building on the @iubloomington campus.Maxwell HallKirkwood HallFranklin Hall, future home of @iumediaschool. Above the door it reads: Franklin HallKirkwood HallSunset illuminates the @iubloomington Student Building as seen through the Sample Gates.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Michigan field hockey defeats Iowa in 2OT at B1G tourney

Michigan Iowa Big Ten Field Hockey

Michigan forward Emma Way (20) tries to block a pass from Iowa defender Veronique Declercq during a field hockey game at the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (Photo by James Brosher)

Michigan Iowa Big Ten Field Hockey

Michigan midfielder/defender Caroline Chromik (4) strikes the ball during a field hockey game against Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (Photo by James Brosher)

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Indiana Hoosier Hysteria

Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. dances to Taylor Swift with teammates during IU’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. (James Brosher / For The Star)

Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana forward Juwan Morgan (13) attempts a dunk in the dunk contest during IU’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. (James Brosher / For The Star)

Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana forward Troy Williams (5) throws down a dunk during IU’s Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. (James Brosher / For The Star)

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