A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to put some of my photos in an Open Photography Exhibition at the lovely Sheep Shed Gallery in Weyhill. It’s very exciting (and kind of scary!), to think of my photos being on public display …. “what if people don’t like them?” …. “what if all the other photographs are brilliant and mine are not?” …. “what if no one buys any of them?”! Jeez, what must it be like having a solo show?!
As the date of the exhibition approached, I was feeling more and more nervous, and then I had the loveliest note from a friend of mine, an artist whose work is completely wonderful, and it bolstered my confidence. I’m sure that she wouldn’t mind me sharing some of her thoughts here …
No one can possibly know the pain of exposing yourself and your innermost ideas to the general public. It used to be agony for me, but I have gradually got used to it, and you tend to dismiss the negative remarks you overhear, but are completely over the moon when someone who looks and sounds discerning says quietly, “I really like what you have done there”.
And as for not selling : unsold work is the basis for the next show … what a bonus … all framed and ready to go, all you have to do is add some more and you have a body of work for a solo show!
And last of all, just because you don’t sell everything this time, doesn’t mean there isn’t someone out there who is a perfect fit for this or that photograph : people have different favourites … I have shown pieces over and over again (oh I’ll shove that in to bulk it all up a bit, but I know no one will buy it ) and then suddenly it is the thing someone has been longing for all their lives!!
So I have girded my loins, taken the plunge, leapt off the cliff and stepped right out of my comfort zone (and any other cliché you care to think of!), and there are five of my photographs currently on show. Will I sell any? Who knows? Will people like them? Who knows? But I like them, I’m proud of them, and that is all that matters. I’m “exposing myself”, and even if just one person makes just one nice comment, that will make the agony worthwhile.
If you’d like to know more about the Sheep Shed Gallery, you can visit their site here. I can highly recommend a visit to the gallery. They have some exquisite work on show and for sale, and they do a marvellous job of showcasing local artists. (The home made cakes in their cafe are rather wonderful too!!).
If you’d like to see more of my photos, please do visit my Flickr page.