Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 - The Year in Pictures

Tess Yuhas, 7, takes a break between her heats of a junior swim meet at Willow Run High School in June. (photo by Lon Horwedel)

Even though most of what I put on this site deals with the written word, I do make my living by communicating through visuals, so I thought it only fair that I end the year with a collection of my favorite images from the past calendar year.

2010 was my 26th year as a professional photojournalist, and each and every year I'm amazed at how much variety my job continues to provide for me. I'm lucky that way. Whether it's true or not, I feel most folks would probably trade jobs with me in a minute if they could. I may not make a lot of money, but money couldn't buy some of the things I get to experience, the people I get to meet, or the front row access I have to history as it's being made.

My job lets me freely interact with all walks of life. I'm openly invited into people's lives and events. I can walk inside police lines at fires and accidents and I never have to wait in line as long as I have a camera in hand and a credential around my neck.

The purpose of my job is not only to share those experiences with the public, but also record them for the sake of history. I am first, and foremost, a visual documentarian of the world in which we now live - at least as far as it pertains to the city of Ann Arbor and it's surrounding areas.

The following is a slideshow of 50 or so images from 2010 - a year that included everything from the President of the United States, to kindergartners saying goodbye to their school on its last day of operation, and, of course, everything in between.

Hope you enjoy it.

(note: To see the photos full screen, hit the play arrow, then click on the diagonal arrows that appear in the bottom right corner of the slideshow window. If you want to see captions, click on the show info tab at the top right of the screen.)


  1. Lon, these are some amazing shots. Sometimes I just had to stop the slide show to have longer to look at something. Really loved the shot of the football player looking right at you as he was going down. It would be a huge job, but would love to see a short caption on some of the shots that aren't self-explanatory.

  2. Lon- another year ends, another new beginning of capturing people. You do such a great job at it. My faves of these are the little kid with the sucker. What is he contemplating? Another is the one of the kid swinging his plastic bag with the most joyous, "schools out for summer" expression. Pictures say a thousand words. Keep on shooting.

  3. Thank you for sharing! Many touching, insightful, emotion-provoking moments.