Wow….I realized I hadn’t posted anything since my mothers passing a few months ago- it took a lot out of me both emotionally and creatively.
But, I’m getting back into the rythm again, ready to start photographing and living again.
My first foray back into the arena is a talk I’m giving at the Professional Photographers Of West Virginia’s 2011 Spring Convention being held in Morgantown West Virginia. I’m going to discus the “Art of Art”-photography that pleases the client is important- but are you creating work that pleases you?
What do you do with imagery that you shoot for yourself? Is it commercial enough? Can you sell it?
Oddly enough, answering those questions- while important – aren’t the first questions you should ask yourself.
When you look at your image, does it make you “feel” something- that’s the first question you should ask yourself, the rest is just a series of steps that fall into place after that…
I’ll share from my own experiences in the art world, some of the pitfalls, what it really takes to get your work “seen” and hanging in a gallery, what to expect after “the sale” and how to create, distill an idea, and prepare your work for that all important “Gallery meeting”!
I’ll also explore and share some of the thought processes behind my own work, how your own perssonal perceptions can help create works that has something to say- not just about your technical skill, but about your visual story.
My work has been awarded Fujifilm Masterpiece awards, merit prints within both the PPWV and the PPA organizations,and I’ve was recently accepted as a new Juried Artisan at the Tamarack Center in west Virginia. ( more to come on that soon)
With over 25+ years of photography and print making experience, I still feels as passionate about photography now as I did then- Come and see what keeps me, as a photographic artist and my work fresh and relevant in an ever increasingly competitive market.
**SIDE NOTE** I think although Mom isn’t here to share some of the really exciting things I have planned and coming my way, she’d be proud that I didn’t give up on my dreams despite how hard it was to see clearly after her death. I’m back now; time to get busy!