Met some lovely people at the Chromatic Visions exhibition last night. No matter how organized I try to be it’s always stressful but on the day it all seems to come together. Selecting work to exhibit can be daunting, especially when you only get one chance to make an impression. I can share the what, how and when of an image but the potential buyer has to make their own connections. If the image isn’t speaking to them well it just isn’t. You can’t take it personally.
I want to give special thanks to Dawn Wayand for curating the exhibition and all her hard work ensuring a great turnout and exhibition. Thanks also to the people who decided to purchase an image on the night, this is the best feedback an artist can receive.
There is something about traditional photographic processes that I find very satisfying. While compositing the image, developing the film and printing the image (in a ‘wet’ darkroom) there is the knowledge that you are following in the footsteps of the early pioneers of photography. Each step in the process provides moments of anticipation, perspiration and occasionally desperation. For the past few years on the last Sunday in April I have participated in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD). Joining 3000+ people from approximately 70 countries in celebrating one of the earliest forms of photography. Renowned pinhole photographer David Tatnall describes pinhole photography as having a ‘mysterious beauty’. David should know as his images are in international collections and have been selected for nomination for the prestige Bowness Photography Award.
While considering this years submission the WPPD website it occurred to me that pinhole photography has many things similar to lessons in life.
- The bigger picture. A bit like the past, present and future the foreground, middle ground and background are all equal components of the pinhole image.
- You have the answers. Although it may seem a little out of focus the whole world is before you.
- Take time to smell the roses. Enjoy the scenery, as there is no lens to block your field of view.