Another Call for Entries caught my eye about a month ago for the annual photography exhibit at the ALL Arts Gallery in Lowell.
I decided that it would be a good exercise to get my work in front of a very critical eye since the exhibit was going to be juried by Paula Tognarelli, the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography.
The maximum pieces that would be considered was 5 and I took full opportunity of that. I did have a hard time choosing which shots though because I have so many favorites. In the end, I decided to loosely go by years, since I have seen my focus change over time, but feel that no matter the year or the focus that my work was good enough to be considered.
3 out of the 5 pieces were accepted and my thought of time span proved to be correct. Photos from 2008, 2010 and 2011 were accepted. In fact, the 2011 shot was just taken during the Doors Open Lowell a couple of weeks ago.
To say the least, I am absolutely thrilled and honored, once again. This is such a great opportunity to get feedback. I am blessed by a circle of friends and family that continue to encourage me at my photography. But I am cognizant that they are my friends and family and encouragement is naturally and lovingly what they do. To get judgement from a stranger (and a professional in photography in most cases) has it's incredible importance and influence also and I do not take it lightly.
One of my favorite professional photographers (and I am not embarrassed to admit that I follow religiously on line) is David duChemin. Although he is a professional, he speaks to his fans, critics and peers like we are right in the room with him, sharing a beer or the like. He is not afraid of discovering his emotion. He's not afraid to share his emotion. I wish I had 1/100th the talent he does.
Recently he blogged about the importance of critics and instincts. It's an interesting read and can be found here. On the last call for entries, I relied on friends to help me pick what I should submit. And they were right. On this call, I relied on my gut. And I was right. It's nice to know I can start trusting my instincts in such a public manner. It's a good lesson in believing in self and not being arrogant about it. For me, at this stage of the game, it's a huge step in the right direction.
I hope you will have the opportunity to visit the gallery. Looking at the list of accepted entries, I am surrounded by a sea of incredible talent in this exhibit and I cannot wait to see my fellow photographers work.
It runs from June 1st to June 26th at the ALL Arts Gallery located at 22 Shattuck Street here in Lowell. The gallery hours are Wed-Sat 11-5 and Sunday 12-4.