John A. Carlos II is a freelance photojournalist, portrait, commercial, and wedding photographer in Columbia, SC working with The Post and Courier, The Free Times, and more.


January 16, 2020

A-Year-In-Photos 2019

By: John A. Carlos II



2019 was crazy, it went by faster than I'd like. I got to do a lot of things this year, It was my first time photographing an NCAA Basketball game, I continued to try to improve my photography skills by photographing more sports and heading out with my camera just for the sake of taking photos. I saw a lot this year saw a man who was 7 foot and 6 inches tall who was named Fall.  I saw people shake their bodies to a song inspired to some degree by the candy Tootsie Rolls, and I saw a community come together over a fallen classmate. I saw about 400 Democratic politicians vying for the highest office in the land. I saw bands entertaining people with their artistry. I cant wait to see what I'll see in 2020.


Top Films of the year that I saw:

1) 1917

2) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

3) Ford v Ferrari

4) Us

5) Little Women

6) John Wick - Chapter 3

7) Uncut Gems

8) Knives Out

9) Harriet

10) Ready or Not


Best Film as a Sleep Aid - Ad Astra, I thought it was boing sue me.


Other not quite making it... Joker, Rocketman, Good Boys, The Long Shot, Shazam!, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Fight with my Family, Avengers: Endgame, Booksmart


If you didn't see a film on this list then I probably didn't see it...


Anyway, here are some of my favorite photos from this past year...


Duke forward Zion Williams makes a steal on NDSU guard Chris Quayle during the 1st round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Colonial Life Arena, in Columbia on March 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Duke forward Zion Williams makes a steal on NDSU guard Chris Quayle during the 1st round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Colonial Life Arena, in Columbia on March 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Duke forward Zion Williams goes up for  a dunk on NDSU forward Rocky Kreuser during the 1st round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Colonial Life Arena, in Columbia on March 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Duke forward Zion Williams goes up for a dunk on NDSU forward Rocky Kreuser during the 1st round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Colonial Life Arena, in Columbia on March 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Photo of Head Chef Nivit Tipvaree at Lexington’s Bodhi Thai. <br />
John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Photo of Head Chef Nivit Tipvaree at Lexington’s Bodhi Thai.
John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Corey Davis drawing in his home studio on March 27, 2019.

Corey Davis drawing in his home studio on March 27, 2019.

Eric McClam inspects hemp, at City Roots on June 11, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Eric McClam inspects hemp, at City Roots on June 11, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Fight for $15, in Charleston, SC on June 15, 2019. John A. Carlos II

Fight for $15, in Charleston, SC on June 15, 2019. John A. Carlos II

Bailey Hart attempts to make a reception during the University of South Carolina's, Garnet and Black spring game  at Williams-Brice Stadium, in Columbia on April 6, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Bailey Hart attempts to make a reception during the University of South Carolina's, Garnet and Black spring game at Williams-Brice Stadium, in Columbia on April 6, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

2019 South Carolina Golden Gloves State Championship at The Spinning Jenny, in Greer on February 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II

2019 South Carolina Golden Gloves State Championship at The Spinning Jenny, in Greer on February 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II

Columbia Mayer Stephen Benjamin sits in a meeting before the City Council convened for the first time after the 2019 Election. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Columbia Mayer Stephen Benjamin sits in a meeting before the City Council convened for the first time after the 2019 Election. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

President Donald Trump’s visit to a criminal justice forum at Benedict College in Columbia on Oct. 25, 2019, was met with protests. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

President Donald Trump’s visit to a criminal justice forum at Benedict College in Columbia on Oct. 25, 2019, was met with protests. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Fort Mill players mob goalie Ben Larranaga after beating Wando High School in the Class 5A Boys SCHSL Lacrosse State Championship at W. C. Hawkins Stadium, in Irmo on April 27, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Fort Mill players mob goalie Ben Larranaga after beating Wando High School in the Class 5A Boys SCHSL Lacrosse State Championship at W. C. Hawkins Stadium, in Irmo on April 27, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

St. John's players surround Aditya Vashistha after scoring the team's final point to win Big East Tennis Championship over Marquette at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center, on April 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II for The Big East Conference

St. John's players surround Aditya Vashistha after scoring the team's final point to win Big East Tennis Championship over Marquette at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center, on April 22, 2019. John A. Carlos II for The Big East Conference

Free Times 2019 Halloween party. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Free Times 2019 Halloween party. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Darius Rucker sings with Hootie and the Blowfish on Wednesday night, the first of three consecutive concerts at Colonial Life Arena as part of the band's 'Group Therapy Tour' on September 11, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Darius Rucker sings with Hootie and the Blowfish on Wednesday night, the first of three consecutive concerts at Colonial Life Arena as part of the band's 'Group Therapy Tour' on September 11, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

69 Boys perform their hit song Tootsee Roll at Capital City Hoop & Music Fest on March 23, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

69 Boys perform their hit song Tootsee Roll at Capital City Hoop & Music Fest on March 23, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Capital City Hoop & Music Fest on March 23, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Capital City Hoop & Music Fest on March 23, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

The Columbia Fireflies  played the Charleston RiverDogs, on opening night at Segra Park, on April 4, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

The Columbia Fireflies played the Charleston RiverDogs, on opening night at Segra Park, on April 4, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

The annual synchronizing fireflies (Photuris frontalis) at Congaree National Park.

The annual synchronizing fireflies (Photuris frontalis) at Congaree National Park.

University of South Carolina Students mourn the loss of fellow student, Samantha Josephson at a candle light vigil on March 31, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

University of South Carolina Students mourn the loss of fellow student, Samantha Josephson at a candle light vigil on March 31, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

Luke Berryhill celebrates a home run with South Carolina Head Coach Mark Kingston, at Founders Park on March 3, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Luke Berryhill celebrates a home run with South Carolina Head Coach Mark Kingston, at Founders Park on March 3, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Sam Hall slides back to first base in time, before Gamecock first baseman Chris Cullen can tag him out, on March 3, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Sam Hall slides back to first base in time, before Gamecock first baseman Chris Cullen can tag him out, on March 3, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

Blythewood wide receiver Chancellor Lorick runs for a big gain on Fairfeild Central High School on September 6, 2019. John A. Carlos II

Blythewood wide receiver Chancellor Lorick runs for a big gain on Fairfeild Central High School on September 6, 2019. John A. Carlos II

Hammond wide receiver Andre Wilson makes a catch against First Baptist on September 27, 2019. Photos by John A. Carlos II for Palmetto Sports Imaging

Hammond wide receiver Andre Wilson makes a catch against First Baptist on September 27, 2019. Photos by John A. Carlos II for Palmetto Sports Imaging

Gray Collegiate running back KZ Adams runs for a first down against Gilbert High School on August 23, 2019. Photos by John A. Carlos II

Gray Collegiate running back KZ Adams runs for a first down against Gilbert High School on August 23, 2019. Photos by John A. Carlos II

California Senator Kamala Harris speaks to potential voters, at Jerusalem Baptist Church, in Hartsville, SC on July 7, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

California Senator Kamala Harris speaks to potential voters, at Jerusalem Baptist Church, in Hartsville, SC on July 7, 2019. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Post and Courier

2019 Free Times Music Crawl. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times

2019 Free Times Music Crawl. John A. Carlos II / Special to The Free Times


Well I think that is enough for your eye holes I could've had a lot more in this selection but I think this a good collection of images and a good example of the photos that I took in 2019. I hope y'all had a great 2019 and I hope you will have an even better 2020.




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Article & Photos by John A. Carlos II Copyright 2019 www.jac2photo.com



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