Why did it take me so long to exhibit my own work?
I asked myself this question over and over as I watched people, people who I had never met in my life, praise and critique my work on the evening of April 1st.
There were fourteen prints in total, selected from the ‘Tokyo, Blind,’ series I’ve put together over the past few months. The prints were hung in Decibel, a small lounge and bar in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
It was an interesting experience to say the least, and thankfully most of the reaction was positive. Especially interesting was hearing other people’s interpretations of my work.
What certain images represented, what they meant and what message I was trying to convey through them.
I wish I could say that I’m a deep thinking artiste (with an ‘e’) but really, I just like taking photographs of what I find interesting. Yes there was an overall idea behind the series, but some people’s theories of what I was going for when pressing that shutter were far beyond my own thinking. Then again I like to think that maybe, somewhere deep in my subconscious I really am that deep. One can hope.
The evening was fairly relaxed. People came and went. A lot of wine was drunk and I got the chance to meet a lot of old friends and new people also. An interesting collection of curators, other photographers, university professors (I was interviewed by one who lamented that his students struggle to get their heads around anything other than center framed ‘perfect,’ images) and friends.
People talk a lot about how it is a different experience actually seeing and holding a print, as opposed to looking at images on a screen. And they’re right.
While I am hoping to sell some of the prints (two sold already, thanks Andrew and Craig!) I also in some ways don’t want to sell them as I want them for my own apartment. It would be nice to have reminders of what I love doing hanging on my walls every day. It’s easy to procrastinate when all my work is tucked away on a boring grey hard drive.
The biggest take-away from that night was how much it inspired me to push on to the next project. A project on Saigon. After months of working on the Tokyo images I was starting to get a little fed up with them.
The exhibition felt like the final stop for that work and has left me feeling free to move on.
Onwards and upwards.
A few months ago I contacted Emulsive, an online film photography website, about being featured in their ‘Why I Shoot Film,’ interview series.
They had quite a backlog but my interview has finally appeared on their site.
A big part of their interviews I like are the outro comments they write for them so check it out HERE.
I was also interviewed by Saigoneer, an online magazine here in Saigon about my exhibition, by the lovely Silvia who helped organise my exhibition also.
And you can also check out my previous interview with Leica (their 3rd most viewed blog article which is helping feed my ego haha) if you haven’t already, HERE.
Having had my previous lab close down, I was looking to start processing and scanning at home. This would be quite an investment (price of a good scanner but also importing chemicals etc is very expensive here) but luckily I found a new lab.
So I left ten rolls into them to see how things went and have been very pleased with the results.
These were ten rolls of live music I shot over the past few months and while I am still going through the scans slowly, I am certainly going to use them again for some more rolls in the future.