A view of the curved-wall gallery area at the library and my photos as I placed them. There was one other, larger image placed near the entrance to the gallery and a staff office.The gallery could use better lighting. Donations, anyone?
I started out the post-holiday work week hanging my photos in the gallery area of the Westlake Porter Public Library. It took longer unpacking the pictures from their shipping materials (layers of bubble wrap taped shut around each framed picture) than it did to actually hang them. The library provides adjustable hangers that attach to a modern picture molding near the ceiling of the gallery areas. As I was hanging the pictures a couple strode up and remarked, “We’re here to see the pictures. Not much here.” They spent a grand total of about 15 seconds before they turned heel and walked away. A few minutes later a couple of library volunteers took a few moments from their work, storing books for an upcoming fund-raising sale, to look at the pictures. They expressed their admiration, wondered where the pictures were taken, and spent a decent time looking at them. All to be expected, I suppose, but I’d not experienced the extremes in such quick succession!
You can view and purchase the photos that appear in the showing, along with a couple of alternative images that are not on display, at: GuilfordPhoto.com
Dragonfly Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)
The library invited me to hang another showing of my photographs in their art gallery area. The gallery is actually an alcove in a long corridor that leads to the facility’s meeting rooms. Hundreds of people will pass pay on their way to and from events. It may not be the Cleveland Museum of Art, but it’s something!
It was fun and a bit challenging (self-editing certainly can be) choosing from among hundreds of photos which to show. I’d decided on a nature theme, “Down by the Pond”, which helped narrow the prospects. Despite that the selection process took hours. Once I’d made my picks, I made final technical and artistic adjustments to the images and set the digital files aside.
Late Wednesday morning I placed the order for 12 of my photographs to be printed and framed through Mpix, a company whose work I’ve appreciated. Their quality is high and their prices are quite reasonable. Still, when you take even a respectable price for framed art and multiply by 12, well, it gets into real money pretty quick!
Thursday afternoon a big box arrived at the office … the photos! I was stunned. I’d expected a bit more delay between ordering and receipt but that’s just one more thing about Mpix that I appreciate!
Friday I spent a few hours revamping my photography Web site. It’s still fairly basic but a lot more attractive and well-organized than it has been. Print sales there are disabled, at present, until I can create a price list.
So everything’s coming together for my little show. I’ll add some pond-themed photos from a 2009 exhibit to the new pictures and will have about 20 themed works for people to look at. Now, if only they’ll buy a few!