Work of December

Work of December

“Calvin, you need to learn to sit down and relax!” my mom told me nearly one year ago. Since then my drive to keep photographing has not diminished.

However, I’ve learned to peel my eye away from the camera viewfinder and enjoy my life more. There is no need to constantly be shooting. Life is too short not to enjoy it with the people I care about the most.

Sunsets will happen again. So will news events. I have a lot of years left on this Earth. I don’t need to fill a lifetime into a year.

Here is a fun video Caitie McMekin and I did on a popular ice cream shop that closed in December.

Here is a video I did of a high school basketball game, and below are my favorite photos of the month. Thanks for looking!

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Geese fly over a lighthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

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Swimmers listen to the lesson during a swim workshop held by Olympic medalists at Boys and Girls Club in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Around 20 middle and high school female swimmers attended the Ace Girls USA Swim Workshop to learn about technique, nutrition and training.

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Three-time Pan American medalist Lisa Blackburn helps Emma Helton, of Johnson City, with her breast stroke during a swim workshop.

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A swimmer dives underwater during a swim workshop.

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Margarita Smith, owner of Casting the Human Form, poses with one of the casts in Louisville, Tennessee on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Casting the Human Form uses plaster to create body cast statues.

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Fans watch players warm up during a game between Tennessee and Furman at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

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Lipscomb guard Aaron Korn (23), Lipscomb guard Matt Rose (12) and Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) fight for the rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Calvin Mattheis)

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Furman guard John Davis III (1) goes for a layup as Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) defends during a game between Tennessee and Furman at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Lipscomb forward Eli Pepper (22) dunks in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Calvin Mattheis)

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Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield (5) reacts after defeating Furman.

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A Trader Joe’s employee pushes carts through the snow in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, December 8, 2017.

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Ice skating at the Market Square ice skating rink in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

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Snow people figurines are seen for sale at Great Backyard Place in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Great Backyard Place features holiday decoration items that are American, local and foreign made.

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A pedestrian passes by the side entrance during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Farragut Hotel, now the Hyatt Place, along Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The hotel is slated to open very soon as the final stages of construction wraps up.

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A fan watches the game during a game between Maryville and Chuckey-Doak during the 2017 Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tennessee on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

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Maryville warms up during a game between Maryville and Chuckey-Doak during the 2017 Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament.

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Steven Gillis sheds tears during a Homeless Persons’ Memorial & Candlelight Vigil at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The vigil featured a candlelight walk on Broadway and a church service where the names of those passed were read.

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A Bearden team member walks around the bleachers during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden at Farragut High School in Farragut, Tennessee on Friday, December 8, 2017.

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Farragut’s Morgan Carbaugh (22) reacts after defeating Bearden during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden.

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Farragut’s Tre Moreno (33) dives for the ball as Bearden’s Trent Stephney (1) runs during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden.

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A Farragut cheerleader warms up during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden.

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Farragut fans take the court to show off their dance moves during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden.

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Bearden’s Ques Glover (0) goes for a layup during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden.

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Farragut’s Ethan Sherrill (14) goes for a free throw during a basketball game between Farragut and Bearden.

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Zoie Driver, 8, and her brother Liam Driver, 4, try out some beats headphones while shopping with their mom at Best Buy in West Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. This season’s hottest tech gifts include smart home appliances, wireless headphones and smartphone accessories.

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Owner Jim Brackett speaks with a customer telling her tthe store is closed because “we’re out of product” at Kay’s Ice Cream on Chapman Highway in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The South Knoxville location is the last in the country and closes its doors for good on Sunday, December 31, 2017 after years of declining sales.

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Texas Tennessee Basketball

Texas forward Olamide Aborowa (14) reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Calvin Mattheis)

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Texas Head Coach Karen Aston speaks with the ref after a call against her team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Calvin Mattheis)

Holiday Shoppingsnow

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My grandparents.

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West’s Zion McCray (23) shoots a layup during a game between Fulton and West high schools at Fulton in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, December 22, 2017.

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Fulton’s Edward Lacy (14) dribbles down the court during a game between Fulton and West.

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Fulton players are introduced during a game between Fulton and West.

Holiday Shopping

Last-minute holiday shoppers leaving West Town Mall are met with a rain shower in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

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Caitie McMekin

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