I used to play chess online a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So much so, that I labeled myself as "having a problem" with it, intervened with myself, and quit cold turkey. I was pretty good at the opening and end games, but I always struggled with the middle game. And this is where I find myself with my photography, drifting through the elusive yet all-important middle game.
The dust has settled from the Wix gallery show, and it's time to dig back before the momentum subsides. I was very pleased with the positive feedback that I received at the show, but I had already made my mind up long before that I wanted to add more pieces to my Light in Dark Places collection. The feedback simply gives me an added push in the right direction (thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts about my work). In my mind, 5 pieces don't make no collection. I need more! And not just more of the same. I want to the collection to evolve as it grows in size.
I already hit up the local plastics store and had a field day (never thought I would get excited about visting a plastics store), as well as the biggest Goodwill shop in all of San Francisco, so I've got some more glass and plastic subjects to shoot. Oh, and I impulse-boughta few autopoles and a wall bracket, which will help me setup my gear quickly and with a smaller footprint in my oh-so-not-large apartment.
I have a few new ideas, and a few half-finished pieces that need attention. So I'm just going to keep hammering away, and continue to hone this style and make it my own. Ultimately, I'd like the collection to be large enough so that I can have a solo show. One can dream.
On the side, I may also create pieces that don't form a figure or a face, but rather form an object, or a shape... like a flower. I have sooo many random light painting images to work with, that I think this would be a fun project to work on from time-to-time. One of my friends is using the image from this post as the background on her iPhone, and I'll be damned if it doesn't look sharp.
Oh, and I also want to make a dog photography book that makes lots of money for the local animal shelter. You know, easy side project, ha. But seriously, that's on my list, too.
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