I'm excited to say that I was accepted into a juried show but I also have to laugh and tell the story behind it. The show is called Pure Enjoyment and will be on display at The Creamery Arts Center here in Springfield October 2nd through the 29th.
I had the deadline on my calendar for a month at least and then of course waited until the last few days to do so which meant that when I went to take photos, the light that day was terrible. Here they are:
I was also following the old school rules for photographing art which say to crop the piece so that no background or frame shows. I believe that convention is from the days of submitting slides. The juror would then sit in a dark room and go through a tray of slides.
After submitting these, I told Thad that I wouldn't be getting into that show! It's not because I don't like these pieces or think they are good enough. I thought the photos were terrible and not a good representation of my work. I was almost embarrassed to send them in.
Needless to say, I was pretty surprised to be accepted. I am very happy they overlooked the poor quality of the photos and that I'll be able to show what these pieces really look like.
Just my thoughts....perhaps since we are no longer using slides to show our work, this system is outdated. It makes more sense to me to send three jpegs of the same work. There's no longer cost for the slides and shipping. That way the juror can get a better feel for the size of the piece, see the detail, and how its frame or presented. Here's what I would have liked to have sent:
I think it's important to have furniture or an object in the photo so the viewer can get a sense of scale. It's possible someone could look at those photos above and think that these pieces were very large, when in fact they are very small.
Also, man I have to stop procrastinating! The lighting today is so much better. Lesson learned, for now anyway. :)