My opening at the Henry Hood Gallery—two openings, actually—can now be termed a genuine success: between the initial opening on July 14 and a second ‘soft opening’ during the oddly-timed, Covington, Louisiana Bastille Day celebration (a week after the fact, for some reason) on July 21, I’ve sold 12 photographs out of the show, including one image that’s sold twice!
It’s been a wonderful experience for me in many ways. Watching people go through the space and react to the work is gratifying, but also interesting: a couple of images that I don’t even particularly care for have been crowd pleasers; also, one of my favorite images has evoked strong positive reactions from people, but for an altogether unexpected reason: : three people came up and told me that this image, ‘Breakwater Post, 2011,’ reminds them of a surfacing submarine!
The work assumes a life of its own, now that it’s out there. This is one of the lessons of this whole experience for me.
With everything up on the walls and done, I’ve finally had time to think about getting out again and making images.
The thunderheads have been amazing this past week or so, billowing up regularly every afternoon as the land heats up and massive clouds form, fueled by moisture blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico. I finally found an evening free to get out and try and make photographs.
Like settling into a favorite couchor riding in your most comfortable saddle, this shooting trip was therapeutic and productive all at once. The sun had set and the afterglow back to the east was just starting. I can play this tune without even thinking about it, so easy and familiar is it to me: lens choice, composition, exposure decision, tripod placement. Shutter release, exposure, then wait while the camera gathers the subtle, slow light, creating a bit of timeless magic out of the moment. Then chimp the result, adjust, shoot again. It’s a slow, graceful dance as the light plays out and changes, shifting with each photograph I make. Back and forth we go: me, the camera and the light, seeking something extraordinary out of the ordinary.
Hi, I’m Andrew Boyd, a.k.a. The Discerning Photographer, and I hope this post has been interesting and informative. Please leave me a comment about it, let me know what you’d like to see more of on the site! You can also sign up for email delivery of all future articles or my RSS feed. Or subscribe to our Facebook page or our Twitter feed. Thanks!–DiscerningPhotog