Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My First Show

I have been a commercial photographer for over 12 years. A few weeks ago I decided to to try something different. I entered two pieces into the Fill in the Blank open art show at the Marquee Gallery. The gallery is fairly new but it's a nice size space.

The reception and public voting were last Friday. Being that it was my first show I had no idea what to expect. I took my husband and a friend. I contacted several other people and asked the to stop by as well. Only my model and one of his friends showed up. This is why I rarely participate in this sort of event. I don't know if it's that people like to make promises that they don't intend to keep or if everyone I know is really that absent minded. Funny how I'm willing to do things for people but they are never willing to return the kindness.

The show seemed to go well. I enjoyed talking about my work and was interviewed by a reporter. Some of the pieces were a little strange, and some I just didn't get - but that's art. It's a lot like wine. Most people know what they like and what they don't. There is no real reason for it.

The results of the contest came out yesterday. I didn't really expect to win - and I didn't. I'm still waiting to find out if I got anything more than the 5 votes (Husband, friend, model, model's friend and me) I expected to get. Because of the large turnout there were additional prizes offered for Artist's Choice, People's Choice and Honorable Mention. I didn't win any of those either.

Maybe I should just stick to doing what I know I do well. Textbook covers, billboard ads and other commercial work.

Note: I contacted the gallery. They are not willing to share the number of votes so I will never know how I ranked.