Bang was born in the Philippines and moved to Dubai when she was young. Dubai became too expensive, so she decided to move to the USA twelve years ago. She had family in Iowa
and Florida; she visited Iowa in November when it was gray and cold.
That convinced her to move to Naples instead.
Reflected in Bang's sunglasses are Jen, whom you saw yesterday,
and me. I had to take a second photograph to hide my face.
Jen went through a tough time when she was in her 20s. Faith is important in her family,
and her family prayed for her to succeed in her struggles with addiction.
When she had a daughter three years ago, Jen turned her life around. The tattoo of the Virgin
and child, a beating heart, and her daughter's name remind Jen of her family's
support and the journey she has taken.
Jen thought she looked awful without makeup and was at first reluctant to be photographed.
I think she looks awfully good. What do you think?
Here are some other 2013 photos that I almost picked.
I loved this photo, and it got more comments than any other, but I didn't pick it for "photo of the year" because nature created it, not me. The sunset was spectacular. I just happened to be in a good location with my camera, tripod and shutter release.
This was my favorite fall foliage photo. I liked the sun flare. Viewers didn't say much about it.
This was a very popular photograph, but it was taken somewhere in the Carolinas while I was driving between Hartford and Naples for the season. I thought the "photo of the year" for a blog like this should be in Florida or Connecticut, not an "out of the jurisdiction" photo.
This recent "out of the jurisdiction" South Africa photo amazed me. I couldn't believe that I managed to line up the transmission towers so perfectly while speeding on a highway and shooting out of the passenger window.
And this is my personal favorite for 2013. Like the last two, it is an "out of the jurisdiction" photograph. I thought the stonework in the floor of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice was dazzling, and I liked the subtle way that other visitors were present through their shadows.
The monthly theme in April for City Daily Photo bloggers was "pedestrians crossing." I went to a shopping center, found a bench near a busy crosswalk, and waited as inconspicuously as I could.
One hour and fifty lousy shots later, I was about to give up. Then, I saw these two young girls walking in my direction. I had forgotten how conformist teenagers are, dressing alike, buying the same stuff, striding in perfect rhythm with each other. I waited until I had them positioned in the crosswalk, took a couple of discreet shots, checked that the photos were OK, then got up and left. Mission accomplished.
Click here to see other bloggers' picks as "photo of the year."