It’s official: I’m having an opening at the Henry Hood Gallery in Covington, Louisiana, in 10 days—July 14th from 6 to 9 pm! My photographs of Lake Pontchartrain will be on view along with the glass sculpture of Wes Koon. This feels like a long time coming but maybe not really so much: I’ve been seriously working on my Pontchartrain series for only the past two years or so and it’s truly gratifying to have such a distinguished gallery interested in showing the work. Thanks to Henry and his lovely wife, the talented painter Gail Hood, for giving me this opportunity!
But that’s in 10 days—right now I’m killing myself trying to get everything assembled and ready for the show. Unlike most photographers, I’m also doing all of my own framing, for several interelated reasons.
The first reason is purely personal: when getting out of school eons ago, I knew I was interested in photography, writing and woodworking, in no particular order. I’ve made my living as a photographer, but I’ve also kept up my passion for writing and furniture making. So building the frames is something I actually enjoy doing.
But it’s also deeply satisfying on another level: I love the notion of taking something all the way from the initial concept (the image), through editing, toning and to the eventual concrete display (the framed archival print). It’s the perfect combination of art and craft, rolled up into one finished product.
Finally, framing myself changes the economics.I really want people to be able to afford the work and that means providing something that’s not only beautiful but also a good value. Quality framing is expensive, but by doing it myself I’m able to keep the pricing down.
Right now I feel like I’m running a marathon. The printing is done and the frames are all built and finished. I’m in the middle of matting everything now. By this weekend I’ll be doing final assembly.
Wish me luck!
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