Seeing what's not there?

February 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Ah yes, it has been a while since I last put keys to screen.  I am taking a break from mat cutting, cleaning glass, and putting together metal frames.  I am preparing for a show in the New Cumberland Library for the month of April.  I will have to have between 25-40 framed prints ready to hang.  I will also need to write a bio, artist's statement, and make a poster announcing that my photographs are hanging upstairs.  I also will have a small display case in the downstairs.  I will be putting some pinhole cameras, a camera obscura, and some prints that i made with them in the display case.  I hate this weather but it is allowing me to be ready for the show.  There are many steps involved.

First, I need to choose the shots.  I am going to go with a few groups;  pinhole shots, black and white of the area, some from Australia, some kitchen tools, etc.  So I needed to go into each area and make choices.  They have to stand on their own and make a cohesive unit.  Once they are done, I need to have them printed.  Usually I print my own stuff, but this is a big job so I sent it out.  I ended up reprinting some of them to my own liking anyway.  

Next, I need to decide a mat and frame that would compliment each set.  I am going simple with off white mats and brown or black framing.  There will be a few silver because of the image.  I am now in the process of putting the mats together.  When I finish this blog, I am off to get the glass.  Then I will need to put everything together.

The point of this blog is to say that I have looked at these images too many times.  They are losing their impact with me.  I see only paper that is too thin, or a dust speck inside the glass, or a bit of an over cut on the mat.  It is easy to lose sight of the impact of the image.  Too much study is not a good thing.  I will be glad to get in the car and go for the glass.  When I return, the images might reveal the message that made me choose them in the first place.  I will try to stop looking for the weaknesses that might not even be there.  

I will hope to do what I want others to do.  Enjoy the work.  It is time to back off a bit and look at the images that I have chosen and commit to them and enjoy them.


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