I spent a large portion of the weekend putting the finishing touches on my first photo exhibit, which will be on display throughout March at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. I became a member of the Workhouse Associate Artists group last summer, and have had several photos on display, but this is my first time as a "Featured Artist."
The show, "Landscapes, Dancers (and other things I see)," features 17 of my photos ranging in size from 8x12 to 20x30. All are framed and for sale (see list below).
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in Gallery 9. You can see my work then as well as pieces from the other Workhouse Associate Artists, or stop by the gallery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. weekends.
The lights showcase the photos beautifully. Photographing the photos in this light, however, is another story.
In preparing the exhibit, I developed an "Artist's Statement" explaining what you'll see and what some of the motivation was behind the pictures. While regular readers of this blog (thanks, Jill and Mom) are familiar with the story, casual passers-by likely will wonder, "What the heck was he thinking?"
So here it is...
I still find it somewhat humorous to be called an “artist.” Working in journalism and communications, I know my way around a camera, especially when it came to photographing events. But I had never done what you would call “fine art” — landscapes, portraits, etc.
In my family, my father was the artist who could work in almost any medium except — ironically — photography. I can’t draw a stick figure, but it seems I managed to pick up his wandering eye for composition. After his death in Texas in 2007, my wife and I spent a great deal of time in New York, and I found myself wishing he could walk the streets of Manhattan with me. One day, I decided to pick up my camera and see if I could capture what he would have seen, those little mundane aspects of life that we rarely pay attention to each day.
I started shooting — a lot — and found that I enjoyed it.
Today, my camera is an almost constant companion, both as a passion and as a business. As a parent of four artistic (performing and visual) children, I started capturing their performances, which led to a series — some of which are in this exhibit — that I’ve started with Metropolitan School of the Arts. I’m fortunate that people outside my immediate family seem to like what I do, and I find that photography is a way to honor my dad and keep his memory alive.