Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Why is it so easy to put my own project on the back burner and take care of everyone and everything else first? Perhaps it's no coincidence it works out that way either?? Nonetheless, I am making headway slowly but surely. The solo show for October has been postponed because the funding for the holistic site has yet to happen. I am not terribly upset as I'm still not ready either. I went to a few exhibits last week and am still exploring prints, printing sources, post-processing techniques and etc to figure out how I want to print, process and present my first body of work. I was given great advice to write about what I shoot and finally doing this gave me much clarity about my work. I love textures and macro views and abstract art so much and I am coming to understand what these images represent to me, and therefore, why I shoot them. Stay tuned....it will be worth the wait!!!
Friday, July 3, 2009
I"m excited to have recently met a dynamic massage therapist who is opening a huge new holistic center. She has asked to feature my work in a solo show, in conjunction with the opening of her new center this October. Of course I said "YES!" I am busy exploring different print media and presentation. I really want to use dynamic color and texture to accentuate this particular body of work (abstract macro or "details" is my working title). I see metal!!! I really want it to be unique. So, summer means working on the upcoming exhibit, juggling an increase in my professional photography and design business, and trying to squeeze some summer fun in here and there. I leave soon for my first trip ever to visit family in Colorado. I hear the views will just take my breath away. Several of my siblings are also into photography so we will definitely plan some photo outings. For now, time to run a "mom" errand!
Friday, May 22, 2009
To be or not to be, is that really the question? I wish there was only one answer when it comes to asking what is fine art photography. I recently met with Sera Davis, of Davis Art Advisory here in Nashville and I left excited and with my brain hurting!! So many new thoughts to think about, possible directions to go in regards to my fine art photography. What market do I want to be in? What images do I want to explore further and create a body of work out of it? I have tended to photograph things rather spontaneously, which is good, and then pick my favorite one of the bunch and add those to my other favorite images. The ending result are a lot of great images that don't necessarily belong in the same "family." My session with Sera has provided me a lot of great new challenges to my ways of thinking about photography...immediately I began to (literally) see things differently driving home. I always feel compelled to pull the car over and shoot something but on that drive home, I just noticed what drew me in and asked myself why and what could I do with that...how could that be part of a story of images. Sera says Fine Art is a lot more mental that most people realize. It's a challenge to those of us who are so visually motivated to stop and increase the value of an image by putting thought behind it and making it mean more than just the beauty or interest it holds for us.
I am going to put some time and thought into what goes up on my yet-to-be-launched fine art photography site...angelahowellphotography.com. I want to deliberate on my message a bit more. I definitely see a story building since I am drawn to photograph certain themes over and over. So my question of my images is now "To speak or not to speak." I'm sure if I listen long enough, I'll figure out what they are trying to say.