Folks that see me without a ball cap on really don't even recognize me. It's not a fashion statement but it is who I am. Oh and the camera.
I started writing this with the cutesy idea that I would talk about how I wear many hats, but now think that is a trip down self-indulgent lane.
What I want to convey through this post is that the cool little Graffiti Gallery is about to open up its season after a few cold couple months off and it is going to feature a few local photographers.
At least one of which is known to wear a ball cap.
I was honored to be asked to participate in this art show. When I thought about what I'd show I realized the many different things I do with a camera. I could fill walls with sports photos alone, But what do you put in an art gallery?
I went to a professional photography school where I learned a lot about everything photography related. Some of which I remember, some I have to refresh from time to time.
Concepts of how to light everything from a huge factory to the tip of a pin.
I also went to art school after photography school and my photo work went all over the place. So I had a lot of options to figure out what I wanted to show.
I don't know much about my fellow photographer's work that will be displayed all around my work, but there wasn't a theme for us to focus our work around. So I chose a series of on again off again images that explores what control over a person means - even when the person is alone. Much of this idea originated from the machismo teaching and a predominately male centered history that I grew up learning but was fortunate enough to question.
How women have been fitting into that notion has modern validity.
I look around me and there it is still still. Male dominating culture all around the world and even still in this country where we have made such great strides.... but not enough.
These images are a small part of greater explorations but they are connected in at least one key way visually - so I decided that would be the work I would show.
The tea cup is a delicate vessel into which we tend to pour warm liquids to enjoy quietly - often in a reflective quiet moment. The fancy tea cup does have a connotation of a gathering of women, a support group perhaps.
This work explores tradition and even contemporary issues. It doesn't define anything, but hopefully leads us to ask further questions.
I'm looking forward to seeing this show conceived and curated by Stewart Armstrong. Not because my work is in it, but to see what other photographers are doing.
It opens with a repletion on April fools Day (which may be appropriate for me) from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery is expected to remain open until April 24 with hours from noon to six on Saturdays and Sundays. The artist's and a few wonderful volunteers will sit at different times in the gallery. I have signed up for two Sundays April 10 and 24 noon to 3. I may be there noon to 6 on the 24th.
Would love to see some old friends come by and say hello and see some work produced by local photographers.