With just over a month till the opening, I wanted to drop you a note as a reminder for the upcoming show, Variations: Photo Salon de New Mexico. I will be one of the artists exhibiting along with nine other New Mexico artists.
Opening reception is April 3rd from 4 to 8pm with the show running through April 28th.
It is sure to be an excellent evening so please mark your calendars and plan on stopping by, enjoy light refreshments and see some amazing work by local artists.
Over the past year I have been entering Calls for Entry, contests essentially. Getting to the point of doing this was not quick or easy. It took many years.
As a teen and 20-something I often wanted to enter contests but didn’t really know how to or mainly if my work was up to par. Back then it was all prints, no emailing or uploading. Living and growing up in a small town the whole process was daunting, an ordeal and frankly rather costly.
Forward 30 years and the process has become much easier, much less daunting. So much is now digital, one simply uploads the entry. There is no film to get processed only to find 35 of 36 exposures didn’t quite do the subject justice. No additional trip(s) to have something printed that did do the subject justice.
Add to that what 30 years does for one’s confidence. Though I still wonder sometimes if my work is any good, Instagram is a great meter for that. Instant affirmation! Gratification! Within a couple of hours you will immediately know if your work is popular. For that purpose, social media platforms are helpful. Does experiencing the process and seeing that yes, indeed, your work is popular and even worthy of entry, enable you to feel fulfilled?
I recently entered a Call for Entry with the category of “Open.” My entries didn’t get noticed. I entered a Call a few days later with the subject Architecture (pictured). One of the images got shortlisted (an honorable mention of sorts). It would seem advisable to enter contests that better suit one’s best subject rather than one that includes everything under the sun. That would be common sense, no?
It’s all a learning process, one that I see more established photographers still wrestling with. Learning never ends.
Just a quick note to keep you up to date with some of my endeavors and a sneak peek at a new series. I am still shooting minimalist and very macro but I’m leaning a little more towards the brutalist movement. Here is an example discovering the hues in stainless steel.
This year I will be continuing to concentrate on Call for Entries and exhibitions around the country and internationally. So far I have two shows planned for this year.
The first is a group show here in Albuquerque at “The Gallery ABQ” for three weeks in April. The opening coincides with Albuquerque’s ArtsCrawl on April 3rd.
The second show will be a pop-up type at OT Circus also in Albuquerque. It is a one night only extravaganza downtown on Central. They are gaining quite a reputation for amazing shows. I was lucky to get a spot on a first Friday. The show is on August 7th.
More information on the shows will be forth coming so be on the lookout.
I hope to see you and catch up at one or both shows.
This will be a very exciting year – I’m glad you are joining me for the ride.