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.