Recently started to print bigger than I ever have before. Got some 16x20 trays, a larger easel, and some 16x20 paper. Really amazing to see your pictures this big. Another stroke of genius... I built my darkroom sink large enough to fit three trays; Developer, Stop Bath, and Fixer. Maybe it was just a stroke of luck? Still can't believe that I have a darkroom sink! What a luxury! How did I live without one?
I'm really excited to be exhibiting my recent photo essay, Anti-Social Networking, this month at Starbuck's in Austin. The manager at Starbuck's, Jill, is supporting a reception for my exhibit this coming weekend, Saturday, June 19th from 7pm to 9pm. They will be donating some free coffee beverages. So nice of them! I'm also so excited to see so many of my friends that I've made here in Austin. So far 25 people have responded that they are coming. Can't wait to see you all. (y'all)
This is also the first time that I'm having a reception for my show. I can remember when I started to put my photography on Flickr and feeling rather shy about putting my art and expression out there for people to see. I got a lot of encouragement from so many really nice people, and have the real privledge to actually meet these people face to face, all over the world. I now have the honor to call these people friends, and not just casual friends either.
I don't consider most of my photographs pretty to look at, or easy to understand. They aren't pretty flowers, cats, or sunsets. They aren't colorful masterpieces. Hopefully, they say something about us as a people, society. Hopefully, you'll see yourself. I don't expect my family or friends to understand what it's all about. My mom and sisters has tried real hard to understand why I take pictures of people I don't know. I think mom gets it now; at least she tells me she does, and that makes me happy.
Back to the reception... how should I be? Should I explain my photos? Should I make small talk? What if people don't get it? What if people don't ask anything about my photos? Should I make a speech? I guess I should just be myself... that would best, right?
For those of you that live too far to attend, I hope to include you in what I'm doing since we last hung out. I really am so happy to have this in my life at this time. Still pinch myself that I get to do this and this is happening to me.
Hope I haven't rambled too much?