Wow, I have been MIA for a while. I wanted to stay away from the internet because once I am in front of the computer, I tend to stay there.
Photolucida was great. I met wonderful photographers and got good critical feedback. Just the act of showing my photos repeatedly clarified some things about my work. Why didn't I do this sooner in life?? I learned that both my Natoma Home and Beach series need some more development. I'm a little bummed about the Natoma series because I no longer live in San Francisco so I don't know if I will continue it. Hm, so much time and money went into that series, but maybe I just might let it go. If anything, I'll just place it on the back burner. Hell, maybe I'll just create a new series with my new knowledge.
People really liked the Beach series. They understood the quiet feeling I was trying to convey. I saw that this series could go in a few directions. I don't mind developing it further because it is ongoing and I am near the ocean. Although I regret not running out to the beach when it was stormy and cloudy about a month ago. Damn! I procrastinate too much.
Porland itself was fun. I got to see 3 different friends that I haven't seen in a few years. They are all very different and I am blessed to know them. My heart was especially warmed when I hung out with Sonja, because I haven't seen or talked to her in 5 years. We fell into our easy chit chat and I missed her when I returned home. She also has an adorable baby that I fell in love with. That has never happened to me before!
I must mention the Doug Fir Lounge. It's like a space-age lodge. I had a boysenberry martini and a yummy salad with goat cheese, hazelnuts, butter lettuce and boysenberries.
Last but definitely not least, I have some good news...The George Billis Gallery will be taking my Beach series on consignment. Which means I won't have a show but they will show my work to collectors when they come by the gallery. Wow! A real gallery will be trying to sell my work!! I am oh so excited!
This means I must be even more serious about my work. I must photograph more!! (That is another conclusion I came to while a Photolucida.)