I'm heading off to Kalamazoo, Michigan today to pump a few palms, sell a few prints and promote my photography. Things have truly come full circle. John Liberty, a reporter from the Kalamazoo Gazette called me for a few quotes regarding my photography. He did a wonderful job and you can read a little bit more about it here if you are interested. This weekend I'll be surrounded by a ton of very talented people, so it's a great opportunity (as a photographer) to gain a little insight and to take a few pictures too. My parents used to drag my sister and me to all these little art fairs when I was growing up. I hated it. Boring! Now, I enjoy visiting local communities and meeting local artists. And yes, now I'm dragging my little girl along… 😉
I think artistic vision is a slow maturation process that requires a great deal of nurturing. So check your local community calendars and get out and visit some local art fairs. You don't have to love someone else's work in order to appreciate it. I like to think of it this way. Light exposure is the critical ingredient to developing an image in a camera (digital or film). Creative exposure is the key ingredient to developing a strong personal vision. Weekend “work” can be a blast.