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kneeshooter
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Forwards or backwards?
The problem with promising to write in reverse is that life doesn't stand still. Needless to say I'm not expecting to find much time today so no doubt I'll be old and grey before I get all this done. Maybe this evening if I'm lucky.

Anyway, last night I went to my first portfolio showing. It was an interesting experience and I still need to work on my language skills to better fit in. However, I am starting to think about how portfolios go together; how colours tell a story and implementing narrative through photographs in a way I hadn't earlier. It's interesting to see what other people find interesting about my work.

I have an annoying tendency to talk down my music stuff in "arty" audiences. It's very easy to be self-deprecating as it's not carefully planned, meticulously executed art - it's about mood, energy and moment. Does that make it less valuable? Still, I picked up some compliments - but the cynic in me suggests that that is just because it's the thing to do. I guess now I have to see if I am invited to another one.

Being mostly embarrassed by my presentation I've of course thrown money at the problem and have ordered some more prints with a plan to show groups of photos together with a greater sense of coherence. How well this will work I don't know yet, but I'm becoming more and more keen on prints. Which is especially odd because a number of people were exhibiting work "on laptop" rather than "in print" and I normally pride myself on being near the cutting edge.

Then I didn't go to badminton and instead mused on how far I've come; how far I have to go; and played some more Battle for Middle Earth.

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davefish From: davefish Date: October 10th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
How well this will work I don't know yet, but I'm becoming more and more keen on prints. Which is especially odd because a number of people were exhibiting work "on laptop" rather than "in print" and I normally pride myself on being near the cutting edge.

I have to admit, I think that prints kick a laptop's electronic little butt.

Are you going to to your photograph grouping thematically or visually?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: October 10th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm going to lay them all out on the floor and then see what happens :-)

Thematically, then visually I think.
furzepig From: furzepig Date: October 10th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
it's about mood, energy and moment. Does that make it less valuable?

Not in my opinion. It's harder to capture moving subjects, especially in low light, and make anything artistic from them; harder still if you're doing it without the subject's co-operation (e.g. gigs, wildlife, sport). Different types of photography have different pros and cons but they can all be artistic and all take a lot of skill, talent and effort to get right consistently.

I'm becoming more and more keen on prints
Maybe you just need the right piece of shiny and expensive electronics (e.g. Mac laptop, tablet PC, plasma screen TV). :-)

There is something lovely about seeing prints and putting them in mounts and frames and whilst I do find some things that look good on screen don't work so well in print and vice versa - that may just be down to my lack of experience, skill, talent and/or l33t PS fu.
barrettyman From: barrettyman Date: October 10th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish I'd known you had a showing, I might have been able to come along.

Laptops are a very flat and dull way of looking at picture, I much much prefer looking at prints. In addition you have the opporunity to arrange your prints in such as way as to emphasise a particular mood which is very hard to do on a laptop.

I think it is the same thing as trying to read a book on screen, it is very hard and un appealing. If you have prints, you can look at two three four at once, you can see the progression from one to another, you can arrange them thematically. You can browse natuarlly and see things that you weren't expecting. You can't really do that with a laptop

It may not be Art but it is a craft, and that has a value and beauty all of its own. Sure you haven't hand painted the pictures, but that does not detract from the craft and aesthetic sensibilities that are evident in your work.

oh dear I've gone all poetic, I should probably stop now before I am overcome by my own flowery language.
quantumsuz From: quantumsuz Date: October 10th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely prints over electronic media!

I always find that these artsy types are actually way too scientific about their approach to art. It is more to do with the feeling, moment and energy of the piece, less about how the progression of set of works correlates with the artist's 'inner turmoil' or otherwise. I think that your approach is just as valuable.
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