The Rivard Report's 2018 in Photographs.
The Rivard Report's 2018 in Photographs. Credit: Composite / Bonnie Arbittier and Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

In the age of digital media and social networking (I’m looking at you, Instagram) it’s rare for the average encounter with a photograph to last more than three to five seconds.

Every year I sit down and spend hours looking at every photograph the Rivard Report published. Composition, framing, complementary colors – all the technical stuff is important, but the most vital component of each photograph is time and the feeling that comes after the dust has settled.

What kind of impression does a single photograph make on you the day it was taken? Now hide that same photograph in a drawer for a year and look at it again.  We take images to record a certain place and time, but underneath all of the recordkeeping lives an ever-changing story of a specific moment.

In 2019, I challenge you, our readers, to spend more time with the photographs that surround you.  In a world full of fleeting moments, try to embrace the ones you have, keep them in a safe place, and return to them often.

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Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.