Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday morning post

I made small but significant renovations to my studio the last couple of weeks. I got rid of a useless shelving unit and replaced it with one that actually holds a lot. My 15 + years of artwork is now safely stowed away and out of my way. I was also able to pack up all of my darkroom equipment that I hope will get donated soon enough, otherwise it will end up in the basement stored away for all eternity.

The best thing, though is now I have a space to draw again. it's been so long and after this post, I will start on something. My drawing skills are not wonderful since I don't have the time to do it everyday but I enjoy it.

Aside from that, I have been re-assessing the blurb book I created. I realize it's expensive and the print quality is inconsistent through them. I really only wanted to create a book for promo purposes and if I make a few dollars selling a few that is a bonus. I decided to give a try. Talk about aggravation with their layout program. First off, you have to use the program online. They do not have a downloadable one. You have to have your images exactly the size one of their page layouts (which are not great) could fit into. This is all trial and error. One can create the whole book in InDesign or some other program but other than Photoshop, I am not well-versed in others. The process is more time consuming than anything else. They are slightly cheaper than blurb and I ordered the book last night. I will see if it's anything worth spending the money on. For England, I would love to have 10-15 copies to either give to a gallery or sell while there.

I need to get out and shoot more for the "Not Wonderland" series but I'm not feeling it just yet. I will go when I am ready.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

work made during the VA trip

Not sure if any of these are exhibition-worthy but the every experience I have in shooting is exciting. I do like the images a lot and the dress and crown really hit the mark. I am looking forward to using that crown in future shoots, too.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Virginia art talk

Aside from a bad flight, I had a really good time in Virginia. I arrived late Tuesday morning in Newport News and was escorted by a student to the college where 2 photo classes welcomed me with a huge spread of food! I don't eat some of what they have but the tables consisted of shrimp rings, BBQ pork, chicken salad, pasta salad with chicken and feta cheese (that was amazing!), spinach/artichoke dip, chips, cakes, chocolate bon was really something else. I then did one-on-one critiques with the students for about 3 hours. Shar, my hostess, is a full time photography professor at the school and the one that invited me and the last time I saw her was about 10 years ago at an SPE conference. We are and will be forever FAB family members (will explain the FAB in another post).

I also met with the theatre manager, Tori - yes, there is a real theatre in the auditorium of this school, where I did my talk. Apparently, she is one of my biggest fans and is very awesome - sweet and generous.

The talk went well. My main problem is not talking enough. The hour-long talk seems to always end in 40 minutes. Somehow, I will have to figure out how to stretch it. Still, I got questions! That is always good. And what's even better were these 2 female students that came up to me afterward and told me how much they love my work and how much they can identify with the body image stuff. One girl started to cry as she had grown up with eating disorders. She kept asking me how I was able to just face and accept myself. We chatted for quite awhile and it was very rewarding.

During the day was very fun. I had been asking my Shar for a couple of weeks if there was a way we could go shooting somewhere interesting and that I would bring my camera and white flowy dress. She told me her responses kept getting bounced back to her, so naturally, I brought nothing. She hooked me up with a Holga and even better - Tori hooked me up with a wedding gown and made me a fairy crown. We went to Fort Monroe to shoot.

It seems performance art is where I am sort of headed so I asked a soldier to come kiss my hand. Not realizing how much trouble he could get into, I pleaded. I did tell him he could keep his back to the camera so he reluctantly did it. I also asked 3 men in ties to come pose with me.They did very willingly! I will have photos of that soon.

In the meantime, I couple of digital shots of me in the dress :)