oppressed by paperwork
As I write this it's a rainy spring day with mild temperatures and also what would have been my grandmother's 117th birthday had she managed to live past 91. It's not surprising that I am pondering themes of old and new and how one gives way to another and nothing is ever really gone, simply waiting its time and manner of return. But alas, as the big Open Studios Weekend fast approaches, I find myself oppressed by paperwork, folders full of lists of details, and piles of supplies that need attention, so this will be very far indeed from a long well-crafted and well-considered post. And I apologize ahead of time if in the weeks ahead I stop visiting your blogs with my customary regularity and length of commentary!
new look courtesy of an old eye
I’ve been so distracted lately I didn't even notice that the battery in my digital camera had died. I had to resort to taking photos yesterday in the studio with the small camera embedded in the lid of my laptop, an old friend I've been neglecting, but one that first introduced me a few years ago to the technology that allows self-conscious subjects such as myself to take self-portraits in privacy and with the benefit of a delete button near at hand. As self-portraits will be a new interest of mine, this seemed an appropriate circling back to what now seems like the first uncertain beginnings of this initiative. This photo was meant to show off the new business card I designed to better reflect my identity and activities as a photographer. I’m also in the process of creating a more elaborate and informative brochure for targeted mailings and to offer in my studio. I’ll be spending a lot of time in studio these next four weeks, printing up selected images for matting and framing and setting up my space to function as close to a small gallery with a solo show as possible.
This is a little sample of how I work and why I am drowning in paper. When conceiving of interior design such as a room arrangement or wall hangings, I need to see things spread out physically in front of me, not only as a break from the computer screen but because it's the only way I can project to the final appearance. I have decided for SOS to keep it simple, no more than fifteen images in 11 x 14 frames hanging on the wall in thematically or visually connected groupings, no smaller mounts on display or for sale, no notecards, no alpaca products, as I might do for a market. I am taking the pressure off myself to think of this weekend as an opportunity to make sales. I just want to have my work seen, make some good contacts and get used to seeing my work on a wall in a public place!
Eye of the Storm
Speaking of galleries, in other news, it looks like, in addition to one of my photos, which I will identify as soon as I am certain of my final choice, appearing in the Artists Choice exhibit at the Somerville Museum mentioned before in this space, I will also have a piece (see image above) hanging at the Nave Gallery in a show featuring photographs taken with toy cameras. It does feel as if some great cosmic wheel has come unstuck. In a very short period I will have two works on display in gallery spaces, and a whole wall full of the results of my best efforts these past months being enjoyed by the hundreds of people we expect to be passing through the building during SOS weekend. For updated information on all my activities, please see the new NEWS tab at the top of this page. In honor of the season of renewal I’ve done some clearing and cleaning up of my blog and, not to belabor the metaphor, planted some new seeds in the way of stand-alone pages you can find by clicking on the tabs below my header. In optimistic anticipation of new people being directed to my blog address, and for lack of a website of my own, I want this space to contain in an easily and always accessible form any information the curious might be seeking, from my background to my current works to my upcoming activities, above and beyond what I happen to be concerned about in my weekly blog posting on the front page. Please take some time to check out these new pages. I especially hope to update the NEWS section whenever I have something professionally newsworthy to share, which I hope will be often!
keeping an eye on you!
In the image above, I was attempting to take a fun picture making use of a roll of linen tape, which will become my best friend in the weeks ahead as I focus on mounting my photographs. I discarded the one in which I am being hanged by the neck, complete with protruding tongue. It could be the number nine, which has no particular significance, or the letter g, which has a little more, or one of those commas used to convey a winking eye. Many thanks to all of you for following me, and rest assured, even if I don't comment on your blogs, I'm keeping at least one eye on you!