A real life art exhibition!

Between the 6th August and 9th September this year, I have a real live actual photography in a real live actual gallery!!

Photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Well almost, I mean it has been my passion for nearly 30 years but I can remember before that, I guess my passions before that mostly ran to the next A-Ha single, which care bears I had and reading…

Anyway photography has been my passion for a really long time… and I have, for a number of years wanted to have an exhibition. I have got as far as thinking about it but have always put myself off with negative thinking a sort of internal assumption that I couldn’t do it. I can’t blame anyone else, I never really spoke about it in any serious way.

Until one day last year when I mentioned it to Lucy from Portergirl who leaped on the idea with contagious enthusiasm. Spurred on by this I immediately googled venues in my area and emailed the gallery in the local theater (The Capitol) with links to my photos on Flickr . I was going on the principle that the worst they could do was say no, they were unlikely to be rude!

Much to my surprise, they emailed back within the day saying they liked my photos and would be happy for me to have an exhibition in their gallery, not long after that we had agreed dates and I had signed a contract!! I was in shock for quite a while, I didn’t really think they would say yes!!

So now I have a photography exhibition coming up, which still sounds extremely exciting, and daunting!! It is much more work than I anticipated but it is absolutely going to be worth it!

It is called Beauty in the Mundane and is based on the concept of seeing ordinary things in an extraordinary way! flyer

It is safe to say I am pretty terrified of this but also extremely excited!! I have no idea how to organise a photography exhibition! So far I have been concentrating on getting things printed, the next step is framing… and advertising…

I have got as far as making flyers, and a facebook page, but I suspect there is more to advertising than that…if anyone has any ideas feel free to let me know 😀

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Doorways…

I love doors and doorways… It is something of a current obsession of mine…So I have started a photo project looking at doors and doorways and gates 🙂

I am hoping to take it into other media too, I think doors and gates would lend themselves to lino cutting very well,  they could be my first ventures into cyanotype printing…

So what is it about doorways I hear you asking…well, they are fascinating. Don’t you ever wonder what lies beyond a door?  It is the door that finally completes the barrier you erect with the walls of your house, it is the door that allows you and other people to pass between your domain and the real world!

A closed door or an unexplored gateway is a mystery, it is the entrance to a potential new world! Who know what goes on behind it!

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is it enough?

Is it true that to be an artist it is enough to say “i am an artist”?

I mean obviously you have to do some art too but how much and how good does it have to be to call yourself an artist?

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This is a photo of a photo i took some time ago, but i have recently been playing with transfer printing images onto fabric using acrylic gel medium. i am in the process of incorporating these pictures in to other works that involve other fabric and paper and collage…

I am just about comfortable enough to call myself a photographer…but I have no background in art apart from an appreciation of it given to me by my mum. I have no training, no ability when it comes to drawing stuff that is supposed to look like something and no idea what i am doing.

I can create things…this much i am sure of, i have created things and made things all my life, but is this enough? as an engineer and scientist i find myself annoyingly pretentious if i say that i am an artist… especially if i add the words mixed media into the mix.

To say that i am an artist, in my eyes elevates me above the stage i am at…but someone once said that in order to become something you have to become it…or words to that effect,

in other words, don’t just try to be something, be it…

but is calling myself an artist, and doing artistic things enough? 

How do i know if i am good enough?

Sorry if that seemed a little self indulgent…It was just something i was thinking about…any opinions out there would be welcome…