My first exhibition … and words of encouragement from an artist

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.

a sea scene

 

golden barley and lone tree

 

old shed, old photo

 

into the light

 

taking the old road home

 

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.

Lines

What I like to photograph most is the natural world around me. Landscape photography – that’s what I love! But it’s not just panoramic shots of the countryside which I try to capture – though there are plenty of incredible views in the exquisite Wiltshire landscape where I live, and I do try to do them justice with my photographs – it’s the patterns in nature that grab my attention. It’s the lines and the shapes.

Lines like the tractor tracks through a field of oilseed rape ….

Yellow is the colour of Spring in Wiltshire

Yellow is the Colour of Spring in Wiltshire

Oilseed rape is a relatively “new” crop to the United Kingdom, it certainly wasn’t a feature of agricultural life when I was growing up. But now, it’s everywhere, and I for one love it! In the morning light, like the shot above, which I took on my drive to work, when it’s bright and “zingy”; or in the light of the setting sun, when it’s golden and warm, like this shot from Salisbury Plain …

the way through the field of gold

The Way Through the Field of Gold

Or stripes of colour in new, bright green crops ….

114 Pictures in 2014  #43. Stripes

Stripes

Then of course there are the ploughed furrows leading the eye to the next hedgerow ….

wide wale corduroy

Wide Wale Corduroy

– these are some of the straight(ish) lines I love!

There are so many other lines all around – the aforementioned hedgerows, byways and roads, strip lynchets and fences – these are all part of the countryside that make my shutter finger leap into action. But I shall leave those to another day ….

If you’d like to see more of my leading lines, you can take a look at my Flickr page and search for “lines”.