Wow. It had been a long time since I edited nearly 24,000 photos over the course of several days. It was both exhausting and exhilarating. There were many stunning shots—too many to include in the final story. The deciding factor was if it had a thoughtful caption.
My first cut took me down to just under 900 photos. From there I culled it to about 200. After that, it got painful. Some of the photos I had liked from the very beginning didn’t make it—many in fact. It’s tough to say goodbye to photos that feel like old friends.
Thanks to everyone who put some thought into their caption and really took this reflection assignment to heart. There were captions that read as poems and were beautiful in their own right. But when a photographer combined a great image with meaningful words, the result was one to reflect on.