Do you remember a time when you did a big reveal? Perhaps it was your first painting? Sharing a personal poetry piece at an open mic? That first time you stepped up and said, “This came from me.”
As a writer, one who works in solitude and ruminates in my own fancies, it is hard for me to break through that invisible barrier between my art and the public. It’s hard for me to read my pieces, share my stories or even ask for critique. Those are my babies. I want to keep them protected, private . . . isolated. They are flawless. I don’t want them destroyed by others.
In short, I want to protect me. The hoarding of my craft is really a way of keeping me protected from critique, criticism or viewpoints that will reveal its flaws. I watched aspiring and professional photographers as they struggled with the same dilemma.
This week, I watched aspiring and professional photographers as they struggled with the same dilemma.
In my hometown, local photographers will share their work in a collaborative display over the weekend. From black and white to macro to landscape to intense portraits, photographers share their best and touching work with other photographers . . . and the public.
For my husband, this is the first time he has sifted through his images and selected his favourites. It is the first time he has shared his new love with anyone other than the local photography group or myself. It is the first time he has printed out large copies of his art to be shared, enjoyed and looked at by others.Their big reveal is a moment of comparison with surrounding works and different styles. It is the first for some and a stroll down an uncomfortable path for others. I watched as many rethought their work, wished they had chosen a lighter piece or simply added the one they decided against.
His (and the other photographers participating in the event) big reveal is a moment of comparison with surrounding works and different styles. It is the first for some and a stroll down an uncomfortable path for others. I watched as many rethought their work, wished they had chosen a lighter piece or simply added the one they decided against.
But they don’t see the most important decision they made. They don’t see the full image as they focus on the quality of their individual shots.
The most important decision was to step forward outside of our protected, isolated comfort zone. How many photogs in our area declined the option to take part in the show? Decided to keep their babies protected, isolated, and private?
The inner work to sharing our art is taking the risk to be vulnerable. It is willing to put our best out there and hope that it connects with someone.
It is knowing that our greatest moments live outside the protected walls we create.
For those of you on the Sunshine Coast, please pop into the Celebrate Local Photographers” event hosted by the Gibsons London Drugs at Sunnycrest Mall this weekend (July 27 – 30, 2017).
Thursday: Gala Opening Event; 3pm-7pm
For more on Sunshine Coast Shutterbugz Camera Club, visit their website at http://scshutterbugz.webs.com/