I haven’t counted, but I feel sure I’ve made more photographs in 2020 than in any other year of my life. Making photographs has been a way I’ve coped with the stress of the pandemic and of some heavy difficulties in the family. I photographed for the pleasure of it, anything I wanted, which made me sure I’d have trouble finding ten worthy of my annual post of favorite photographs. I shouldn’t have worried; I had to cut the set down from about thirty! Here are the ten, in no particular order.


Approaching. Kodak EasyShare Z730.

George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. Pentax K10D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL.

On the tracks

On the tracks. Nikon F3, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor, Adox HR-50, Adox HR-DEV 1+49.

The Berghoff, Chicago

The Berghoff. Olympus XA, Film Washi D.

Power lines

Power lines. Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid B&W SX-70 film.

Central Indiana Telephone Co.

Central Indiana Telephone Co. Yashica-12, Kodak Tri-X (x-6/1981) @EI 200, Legacy Pro L110 Dilution B (1+31).

Ingredients for lemon pie

Ingredients for Lemon Pie. CanonPowerShot S95.

Kimmel's Shoe Repair

Kimmel’s Shoe Repair. Pentax IQZoom 60, Kodak T-Max 400, LegacyPro L110 Dilution H (1+63)

Chicago Union Station

Chicago Union Station. Olympus XA, Kodak T-Max 400.

Tree tunnel in autumn

Tree Tunnel in Autumn. Olympus OM-2n, 50mm f/3.5 Olympus Zuiko MC Auto-Macro, Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400

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Ten favorite photos of 2020


23 thoughts on “Ten favorite photos of 2020

  1. Fabulous, all. It is the first and the last that jump to the top of my list today. Ask me tomorrow and my answer could be different.

  2. Andy Umbo says:

    Nice picture of the Berghoff sign. I have one shot during the day with my Dad standing in front of it, on his 80th birthday! He spent many years eating lunch there before he was transferred to Milwaukee, so on his 80th, I took him on the train down to Chicago, we had lunch, and went to the cigar store and bought cigars! A “Chicago” day! If you haven’t eaten there, it’s a trip back to the past!

      • Andy Umbo says:

        When I was there with my Dad, it was 1994. It was still all old world, including waiters that looked like they had been there since VJ-day! If my memory serves me right (and many times it does NOT), in order to be a waiter there, you had to “buy the job”, i.e. when I waiter retired, he “sold” someone else the position: like a cab medallion! Different times….

  3. P. Daffron says:

    TEASER!!!!! So, ask Ms. Margaret if she will share her recipe for us home baker goodie folks. LOL

    BTW… I enjoy seeing all your photos but my fav photo of the 10 is the black n white railroad tracks. Makes my wandering thoughts long for the old days.

    • You’re going to have to wait on that recipe — it’s part of a project she’s working on and hopes to publish!

      I’m happy you like the railroad tracks. I’ve shot those particular tracks a number of times. I just love that scene.

  4. Nancy Stewart says:

    I too like the Union station and the Berghoff. Going to the Berghoff was a real treat back in the “old days” … not so much now. I also like the tunnel photo. All are good.

  5. Jim, this is a diverse set of subjects you photographed. How did you chose? Were these emotional choices; ie the images have emotional significance? Or was the choice technical?

    I tried posting just but I ended up posting almost twice that.

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