So that was quick!

It took ten months of planning and work and worry to prepare and mount my first solo show, and the time it was up felt like a moment. I am so greatful for the experience and appreciative of all the peple that helped make this show possible.

Seeing my work professionally printed, mounted and hung was an amazing and humbling. There was also quite a bit of learning. Exhibiting your work can be expensive. The costs of printing, installing, shipping, promotional materials can really add up. Planning the exhibit took more time than I had expected. There are so many decison points, about what to show, sizes, type of material, and curating.

And then there is the doubt: did I pick the right work, will people like it, what will people say, does it make sense.

In the end, the show was in my opnion a sucess. It was well received and there was a strong showing at the opening reception. There was a positive write up in the local paper and many affirming emails. I even sold several pieces.

Time to plan for the next exhibit.

Open to inspection and criticism

Photographs are being printed amount.  Invitation cards are ready to be mailed.  I am preparing for my first solo show.  It is in a small gallery space in front of an art house theatre in Martha’s Vineyard that will up during the off season,  But still, it is the first time for me to show just my work.  I have been in a few shows before, one or two pieces amongst many others.  Able to pick a few favorites and hope for the best. Now it is just me, open to inspection and criticism.  

This journey has been relatively short.  Just five years ago I was taking snap shots at best and then I took a workshop that made me fine my joy and passion in photography.  I have been a slow learner, and I have thousands of bad photos to document this journey.  

However, I have been fortunate to have inspiring and dedicated instructors who met me where I was and pushed me constantly to work harder, think more and shoot less.  They demanded that I try not to be just technically better, but that I have a creative vision. 

As I prepared for the show I have been assisted by so many kind people that tampered my fears.  The owner of the printing company, who spent an hour just chatting about photography and life so I would be calm enough to show him my work. My friend and busy museum director who looked through a hundred photos and helped select and curate the final pieces.  My friends who have pledged to make the trek to see the show in support.

I am terrified and excited.