Saturday, November 10, 2007
I've been scrambling to get ready for yet another show of my photographs. Isn't that cool? It's wonderful to be invited to show - really boosts my confidence. So of course, even on short notice I said YES, not really thinking about how much work it takes to put a show together. But really, why in the world would I say no? Time enough for rest in the grave!
Once it became clear that I would have to work right up to the moment the show was hung, I surrendered to the reality of linear time, cancelled plans for lunch with a friend and let go of ambitions to be productive in any other way today. It's OK.
In fact it has been a good frenzy of relentless matting, framing, bagging, while listening to Dexter Gordon as loud as is polite. After awhile, my eyes went blurry, the images danced before my eyes. It was a frenzy, but such fun.
It's always so amazing to see my pics hanging in public and to listen to people's reactions. I know no one is going to say, "Actually I hate your pictures. I find them trite, banal, and self-involved," at least not here in DC. The happy result of our southern manners is that I get only positive feedback. How nice.
The process of working with my pics in a "real life" format has had a huge impact on what I see, what I'm called to photograph. I've learned so much! I can see why they always say artists should show their work. It's an evolutionary experience!
Now I have to put on my funny shoes and lipstick. Then I'll go pretend to be an extrovert for the evening. Stressful? Well, yes, but oh so worth it. Life is full of wonderful surprises, and I am grateful!