This is one word that can garner a lot of feelings. This past week one of my photographer friends was lamenting about where the supporters were for his exhibition. It got me thinking back to when I had my studio and gallery and I wondered the same thing when I had shows. I could relate as so often the turn out for photography shows at our gallery were always less well attended then for the painters or sculptors. So I started wondering, what are our expectations of others.
We all have a need for recognition and attention and when we get praise for our work it feels good. Often we expect this to translate into support when we put all the effort and money into having an exhibition. We not only want people to come to view our work, but hope to sell pieces to cover the cost associated with such an endeavour. It can feel like a slap in the face when this does not happen.
But is this a realistic expectation? With all the images created these days it is hard to know what someone will purchase and to find the true collectors. It has always been the case with art and is even more difficult with photography. Perhaps we have to analyze why we show our work first.
This can be difficult as we have our expectations on ourselves. We want to have success, to earn a living and then some. Showing that we have a vision or talent can be a driving factor in producing our work and the use of the internet and social media allow one to do so. This is where I feel we have to look at why we do it.
For me I have reached a point where I just want to enjoy and create and hope that others enjoy. It would be nice to earn some income and sell my photographs in one form or another, but I choose not to expect anything at this time. I do my photography for myself and when I start doing it as a business again I plan to find a model that I feel comfortable with. Till then I will share and enjoy with no expectations.
Here are my photo's of the day from the last 10 days.
January 31. I found this old process lens as I was organizing some of my camera equipment. I held it up and was able to focus the ceiling light on the wall. I might try to build a Camera Obscura with it this summer.