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March 27, 2007

A Few Thoughts…

Filed under: Personal,Photography — chantal @ 1:33 pm

…I may expand upon these later on, but I just didn’t want to let these thoughts slip my mind (it happens).

1.) Friday I received the first set of prints for my exhibit and I was unhappy with them—not with the printing, it was they way I processed them, they weren’t cohesive enough. I worked on them over the weekend and had them re-printed…got them back this afternoon. They look nice. Not 100% what I wanted, a little warmer than expected and not as bright…but they certainly are gallery-worthy. If I had the time, I’d process yet again, but I procrastinated too much and now I’m out of time. Lesson learned. They’re good prints. No one else knows what’s in my head, so by anyone’s standard they are perfect. And I’ll have plenty of time to re-process and print again for my own personal satisfaction.

2.) Mark Hobson, of the Landscapist, wrote something the other day concerning ‘making’ pictures versus ‘taking’ pictures. (He mentions it in this post, but also talks about in other ones…just read his blog, if you don’t already…you’ll benefit, I’m sure). After the process I went through, making the photographs for my exhibit, and just thinking about where I want to go photographically in general, I just get what he’s talking about. In the past I have ‘made’ pictures—a few here and there…always with success and great satisfaction. Three that I made are hanging on my living room wall and serve as a reminder of my potential when I begin to feel the confidence wane (like, a lot!). But for the most part, I’ve just been taking pictures…rather aimlessly, I might add. Sometimes with good results, more often not. It occurred to me though, before reading Mark’s posts, that I want to be the sort of photographer who makes photographs. I’m happiest in that process. It’s a zen-like feeing, in the heart of that process…visualizing, creating, making.

Every once in a while, I feel like I reach another level, creatively speaking. Like my eyes are suddenly opened to some new thing. If there are 100 levels of photographic success, I may only be on #97…but the view is better here than 98, I’m seeing more clearly.

…..more on this later…..

3.) Saturday I held a “Portrait Day”. I’ve been working on building my portfolio and I didn’t have any studio work, so I had this idea to remedy that. I advertised a little here and there, a lot of word of mouth. My mother arranged for me to use the party house at her apt. complex, which is huge and beautiful, and I rented a bunch of lights. I already had the backdrop and a few props. From 9am until about 6:30, I shot portraits. The day was full of appointments, it really was fantastic. There were young couples, babies, families, young girls, siblings, a young woman and her puppy…lots of fun had by all. I only charged $20 for the sitting and with that everyone will receive 4 5×7 prints, with the opportunity to purchase additional prints or enlargements at my usual fee. I have about 1300 images to process, and once I do, I’ll be sure to post the best of the bunch, either here or on my photoblog. (and yes, everyone signed a model-release.)

4.) I’ve been thinking a lot about the two sides of photography I am trying to do: Art and Commercial. Both very different, yet not so much. Hmmm……more on that later too.

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2 Comments »

  1. Well, Chantal, I can say that you really are going for it. It’s quite inspiring and exciting! You’ve got a gallery showing, 1300 people pictures, and just a lot going on! Thanks for sharing your story.

    Art and commercial are certainly different. One, you get to do what you want. The other you have to do what ‘they’ want. On the other side, one pays and the other doesn’t! 🙂

    I can’t wait to meet up with you and sit and chat for a bit! I hope that those 1,300 images aren’t RAW images! 🙂 If so, you’ve got lots and lots and lots of work to do!

    Comment by paul — March 28, 2007 @ 7:33 am | Reply

  2. I can’t wait to chat with you either, Paul…I wanna pick your brain about that ‘Next Step’ workshop!

    And yes…..they’re RAW, but I shot RAW and Jpegs together, so they’re easy to sift through. 😉

    Comment by Chantal — March 28, 2007 @ 2:06 pm | Reply


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