Who needs colour anyway?
These photos aren’t in my upcoming exhbition – opening happening in just under two weeks! But they SO could be.
Happy Wordless Wednesday.
I have just over two weeks until my art exhibition opening and while I’m still a bit nervous about the whole thing I’ve calmed down a bit now that some of the major preparation is out of the way.
I won’t say how I’m freaking out a bit about some of the last minute stuff, like framing the rest of the work. It will be okay, it will be okay I try to keep telling myself.
Upon reflection about arriving at this point I realised that if it weren’t for social media I would probably not be having this exhibition.
Around the time I started doing a photo a day, in addition to posting them to Flickr, I also shared the Flickr uploads on my personal Facebook profile and on Twitter.
A few of my Facebook friends made a point of telling me how they enjoyed seeing the photos I put up. It was great to receive this feedback.
This blog has also been another mechanism for receiving feedback about my photos. It’s really developed into more of a photo blog in the last year or so because it’s another great medium to share my photos. And personally, I like blog posts with images.
Sometimes you put yourself out there on social media and don’t get any feedback at all and wonder if there’s any point. But with the ease of sharing tools my Flickr uploads automatically update my Facebook news feed and my Twitter timeline. I know things get lost on the Twitter timeline because a Twitter friend commented the other day that she didn’t know I’d done (and am still doing) this photo a day thing. But I have had some feedback about the photos via Twitter as well.
So I was sharing my photos and then one day I saw a callout for visual artists from Suzie Wong’s Room to show artwork. I’d never considered myself a visual artist until then and without thinking much I sent a link to my Flickr photostream and gave a rough outline of what I imagined an exhibition of mine looking like. I decided that I had visual art to show.
About a year later it’s finally happening and if you can come along please do.
One minute you’re cruising along doing the day-to-day routine stuff then things start ramping up and you wonder how you’re going to manage to fit everything in each day.
I am currently pushing myself and it was kind of freaking me out but I’ve just been able to try and keep that at bay by taking one day at a time, with a list of tasks that I have to complete and it’s getting there.
First and foremost, I’m having my first ever photography exhibition and the opening is in nearly three weeks time. I’ve got some photos framed but the others are still at the printers getting mattes cut. I won’t get these until a week and a bit prior to the opening. Hopefully I’ve measured everything correctly and they all fit the frames.
I’m framing everything myself to try and cut my costs down. I didn’t price getting the photos I want at the exhibition framed, but I know it would have been a lot more expensive. I’ve a collection of frames I bought from op-shops and frames I’ve been given by my beautiful friends.
I’m sick of looking at the photos I’ll be exhibiting but I know that those seeing them will see them with fresh and different eyes so I’m trying not to think about what I think of them too much.
So one step at a time, I had to decide on the photos to exhibit – probably the hardest thing. As mentioned I’m getting them printed and ready for framing.
The exhibition invites are at the printers. I should have organised them earlier and saved myself $20 in rushing the order a bit. I was going to design it myself then I came across Vista Print who have a stack of templates for so many things so I used one of those. I could have done it all in Photoshop myself but this gave me a good start and took some of the stress away.
A friend has helped write a media release and I’ll be sending that out next week. I’ve never done that before. But the worst that can happen is I get no media coverage.
I’m also in the process of putting my exhibited work on Redbubble incase people want to buy prints of them afterwards. I don’t know how this will go but the only cost to me in doing this is more of my time.
And all the little things will need doing. A list of what’s being exhibited and the prices. The prices. What to charge? That is the question. I’ve got a rough idea.
Oh, and I didn’t mention the venue. That’s what kicked all of this off, offering my work to a venue after they put a call out, and having them accept my offer.
And all the while I’ve been thinking about this, and preparing for this, I’m quite anxious. I always am when I put myself out there. I’m sure that at least some friends and family will come along to the exhibition opening and even if they don’t buy anything and I don’t sell anything throughout the exhibition (which runs for a month) then those friends and family might have an inkling as to what presents they’ll be getting in the future.
I’m sure I’ll write more about this as time goes on, but I started the beginning of this post by saying that I’m pushing myself. I think buying an investment property and having the settlement day the same day as your current work contract ends is pushing yourself. I’m hoping my contract gets extended, otherwise I’ll be pretty extended financially.
Oh, and the photo at the top isn’t in my exhibition.
Below are some photos from my Project 366 – the leap year project photos.
I couldn’t sleep last night because I’m stressing about getting my work ready for my upcoming exhibition. I ask myself sometimes why I challenge myself because I hate being anxious but that’s my nature. I think too much sometimes – it drives me nuts.
This is going to be a trainline extension. It’s very imposing.
This house is no longer there. I walked past the other day and it’s an empty block. An elderly woman used to live there and she had a blue heeler who’d worn a track in the dirt where he ran back and to. I wonder what happened to them. Did she move to a nursing home? Did she die? I wonder.
This was taken at the recent Adelaide Festival’s late night club Barrio. It was the end of the world night, hence the ghoulish look.
This is my contribution to Wordless Wednesday.
I travel into the city of Adelaide nearly every day for work so something within the city is bound to be my photo of the day some of the time. Because there have been a few lately I’m going to share them here.
The beauty of shooting a lot of photos with my phone is that it doesn’t look like a camera and I don’t look like a tourist. I never like looking like a tourist even when I am.
I don’t think Adelaide railway station is ever really busy, except when a crowd of 200 people pass through and stop for a photo shoot on the steps and freak security the heck out.
The Ambassadors Hotel. Haven’t been there for years. I went there on a hen’s night too many years ago and we were going to throw confetti on our hen but weren’t allowed to. I still reckon we shouldn’t have asked and just done it. I would have helped sweep up.
You might detect a bit of a theme here. I like looking up. When you look up you get an idea of when a building was built and sometimes if the building is old enough, what business used to be there. This isn’t one of those examples because signage is now separate to the building so it can be replaced.
I visited a friend in the Royal Adelaide Hospital recently and walked to it along North Terrace. It’s a really pleasant street to walk along between King William Street and Pulteney Street and I only wish I’d had more time to enjoy it.
A slightly different view of a food court. I’m not into food courts as a rule because they’re loud and crowded but I do like Bing Boy at the moment, especially the smoking salmon and the prawn ones.
On 1 January this year I started my photo a day project up again. I’d thought I might do some sort of theme but I haven’t come up with one so it’s still a photo a day of something.
Even though it was only just over a month since I finished my last one it feels like a lot longer and I’m still getting back into the swing of remembering to take a photo a day.
I find I’m still sticking mainly to the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone but want to try some other apps along the way.
Other than that my days have been pretty busy with stuff (ambiguous I know). I’ve still to re-find my writing mojo. It annoys me that I’ve lost this particular purpose. I know they say just to write and I’m tossing up whether to go back to the model I started a few months ago, ie posting up my photo each day and saying a few words or more about each one.
What say you?