Broader Horizons

For the last six months i’ve been shooting for an exhibition. Nothing grand, just the second year of a show that is done with three friends. Last year was an education. However, this year was a completely different kind of challenge. I set myself the task of doing something original (where ‘original’ is defined as doing something that none of my immediate circle of acquaintances was doing, and not aping a style that i already knew). Despite my best intentions this ended up being a nightmare.

It’s one thing to have a clear idea in your mind and go out to shoot it. It’s quite another to have a rough idea of what you’re looking for, and spend six months hoping that there is some consistency and clarity to what you are doing. In some ways it’s not dissimilar to starting out on a coding project that you know isn’t going to come to fruition for several months–along the way there are going to be times when you wonder how the whole is going to hang together with the parts…

But here i am, six, or is it nine, months later, with what appears to be a decent set of photographs. Maybe they aren’t as consistent as i’d like them to be, but they broadly fit into the theme, as it was initially defined. Certainly there are some bonus points that i failed to pick up along the way… however, i’m happy. Mostly because it was hard work and it’s done!

More than anything, it’s nice to be able to go out and look at other things!

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11 thoughts on “Broader Horizons

    • Indeed, and hence, the challenge.

      At this point it is pretty much pointless to claim originality. The best you can hope for is to be true to your goals and work for something that you aren’t aware of anyone else attempting.

    • Yep, something like March 13th – 20st. The only day we’re all going to be there is Sat. 19th… assuming i’ve remembered the dates.

      Will post more nearer the time.

  1. I think that gallery works well for group shows- the size and all. Plus the already low rental fee divided three or four ways isn’t too bad either! Speaking of Place M, I’ve really been enjoying all of the M2 shows I’ve been able to see.

  2. Jon, I am sure that it will be a grand show! I do regret not to be able to be on site to see it with my own eyes (and have a drink with you all)
    I hope we’ll see some pictures of the whole stuff on flickr or somewhere else (I’m trusting Adrian, Eichii and all the gang for that …)
    All the best,
    yours truly,
    A-

    • thanks for the vote of confidence (-: rather a lot going on at the moment, and i’m starting to fret about getting everything printed and mounted in time…

      when things are all sorted the shots for the show will definitely get uploaded somewhere.

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