Some things come quite easy while other things seem a little well, harder. Harder to the point of despair, frustration, anger and tears. I have experienced them all especially the anger and tears of late especially when I feel I am making the same mistakes. It takes a lot to change and you know what they say? When you repeat yourself knowing the outcome to be the same, its the first sign of madness. In that case, I am completely mad but I think there is a need to go to that place in order not only to grow but to exhaust all your own reasoning for attempting such things.
During my Endeavour series, I realised that I was spending way too much time around photographers all chasing the same thing. It’s been years since I have found my own style and also a few years since I have started to love what I do. Now I won’t change for anything or nobody because it dawned on me that I am not surrounding myself with the right people because they are all photographers. Usually, other photographers want knowledge and inspiration or to be shown what to do by other photographers which more often or not results in a parting of cash.
I was at The Societies convention giving a lighting demo in January and to be honest I was there to network and try and look for other avenues to put my work out there. The demos were a necessary evil for me but a way in of which I am grateful for because of the result. I say “Chasing lost causes” like a centre forward would chase the ball knowing that the outcome would be a lost cause for a chance to score 99% of the time. However, that striker also knows that there is a 1% chance of the defender making a mistake and that he will pounce to score the winner.
For me chasing lost causes started in earnest this year and it started to happen when Keith Robertson and his wife came to watch the demo at the show. Unfortunately, they didn’t get to see my demo due to travel arrangements but he felt compelled to email me to tell me how much he liked my images. Keith has admiration for the arts and we got talking about art and galleries etc. This was covering things like “do’s and don’ts” of approaching galleries and where to try and display, along with some people that may be worth networking with. This really appealed to me because I have kept my work and its unique and personal to me but I want it to be out there.
It will not get any attention while in the presence of other photographers because like I said they don’t want to buy art they want to know how to replicate what you do. Anyway I digress, Keith mentioned a friend who is a gallery owner and runs art fares and exhibitions. These are mostly in London where there is a lot more of a catchment area and I was quite excited to get in touch. Within minutes I was in touch over social media and we discussed things about art etc and the fact that Lisa was, in fact, the organiser of Flux Exhibition. Lisa was amazing and helpful from the get-go and she told me that she liked my work. We chatted about things where she kindly invited me to a private viewing of the exhibition. I am over the moon and this coming March I will be attending the “Flux” exhibition and NOT The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham. That clashes on the same days but I need to chase these “lost causes” to grow. I want to surround myself with the right people for me and I want to be the right fit for the art buyer or gallery owner.
This is not by any means advice but more a gentle reminder to chase everything you want and dream of. For I really want to exhibit my work and that requires a lot of chasing.