Here I am making time for a second blog post this week although truth be told, I could probably be catching up on some college work. It will wait. I have to talk about my first small but significant outing as a photographer who is trying to make some kind of art for people to hang on their walls.
To be honest, I have been a bit shy up until now about my non-portrait work, hiding away online and not really sharing it with people I know or who are close to me. Instead I got caught up with a bunch of fellow photography nuts on the internet but it was an inward looking process – useful but only virtual and therefore certainly quite limited. As I turned outwards, learning about how to get everything ready was a trifle challenging, but I was lucky when an offline photographer friend introduced me to an amazing guy who did my printing for me, and did it extremely well. And the very sweet people at Lavender Framers on Barmouth Road, SW18 gave me lots of advice and practical help.
And last Friday it all culminated in a fantastically enjoyable evening when quite a lot of people turned up to see and buy my work. I was so relieved and had a great night. I have had some solid and positive feedback, including from people who couldn’t make it on Friday but who have called me up to tell me they’d like to buy a print, which is a great feeling for someone who hadn’t actually sold art work before.
So, what do these first public pictures of mine represent? Well, that’s up to you. Perhaps they’re just pretty pictures of random spots, some quite colourful, some a little less so. For me they’re a direct response to events in my life. A search for growth, for colour following a very dark personal time, and most importantly for some solid structure – both internally and externally. These photographs also, without any doubt in my mind, stem from a desire to record the landscape within which my community exists, a community that means the world to me. All in all, things went very well on Friday and I now have the confidence to keep going and am looking forward to bigger and perhaps more ambitious projects in the future. Now that I’ve got over that initial ‘dipping of my toe in the water’ other things have already begun to appear on the horizon.
I went out with for dinner with the sweet, kind and adorable Mr & Mrs C on Monday night to The Thai Grocer on Garret Lane which if you haven’t been is really worth visiting. The food is delicious and the atmosphere perfect. Mr C took it upon himself to become my agent and promoter and I may have an opportunity to show some work there too now. I like Mr C’s terms – he’s happy always to work for free – thank you!! So all in all the meal was extremely satisfying; tasty food and wine, genuine friendship, lots of laughter, a helpful and generous sense of community spirit from Mr. Thai Grocer all of which add up to lots of well-needed and much appreciated nourishment for me.
If you weren’t able to make my little opening at Barmouth Kitchen you can see the images hanging there for a few weeks yet or click here for an online experience, and don’t forget prints are for sale.
Prices available on the website. Image (c) Sarah-Jane Field 2015