so…i am a big advocate of getting your art off your computer and on to a wall somewhere – your own, a friend’s, an art gallery’s…
so i did that, entering into a juried art show last year as one of 5 accepted photographers. i did not win anything, but the experience of “being hung” was wonderful and empowering.
this year our local art gallery offered up it’s first ever juried photography show, so i jumped in once again. but it was much harder this time. all photographers? like, real competition?
i had more work to choose from and the choice seemed daunting. do i go with a theme? do i go with what i consider my strongest pieces? do i go with my sentimental favourites? i went back and forth for weeks, before soliciting the help of some photographer friends and some non photographer friends. i narrowed the field down to four pieces…and then begged the art gallery director to make the final cut to three for me.
yeah, i chickened out a little. and i would have chosen differently, but i think the right choices were made in the end.
all that said, i won nothing in terms of the actual juried competition. there was feedback on my shots, some criticisms warranted and noted (others not so much) but again…what a feeling to see my shots hung in a gallery. something about that just makes me very happy.
i spend a lot of my time engrossed on my pictures on my computer and online…it is just nice to share it with real people once in awhile.
so, fast forward to today.
i got a call from sylvie, the art gallery director, asking if i was close to my computer. of course i was;)…so i pulled up the gallery site to see DJ Drool staring back at me, as the 2010 People’s Choice Award winner.
i am all warm and fuzzy inside.
i know – puppies and babies and rainbows are hard to resist…but when it is your baby ( both in terms of shot subject and the shot )…man, it feels good:).
so here is to getting it off your computer and in to the real world. it can be what you want – your writing, your artwork, your photos, your time…