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.
All the best with the exhibition Jen, how fantastic for you. It is definitely a big step out of comfort zone to do something like this and I wish you every success.
Thank you very much. Big steps out of the comfort zone indeed. Only two more weeks to go until the opening where I hope to breathe a huge sigh of relief.