The good folks at the Waterford Public Library are offering me the opportunity to show photos from October 14 to November 12, 2010. Library director Timothy McDonough is doing a fantastic job promoting the library and reaching out for new art regularly; I’m thankful for the chance to display my pictures outside Albany. This series of photos is different from the larger “The Unnoticed” collection, on display earlier this year at Uncommon Grounds. A few pieces are still related to urban exploration and abandoned buildings, but most of the show is focused on the landscapes of beautiful New York State. I sneaked in an action shot and a portrait of one of my favorite local performer too.
I was asked if I could talk a bit about how I choose my subjects and what I look for in my photos. This is new to me but I’ll do my very best, Thursday November 4 at 6:30pm. Update: it went well, thanks for coming . I’ll admit I didn’t re-advertise it too much, but this was the perfect crowd size for me to practice a little one-hour talk. My buddy B came by, and he has a write-up on his blog.
I’m starting to realize that I had framed the photos for “The Unnoticed” too tight. Looking back at my recent prints for Fence 10, Wish You Were Here and First Friday, I decided to print bigger and frame larger this time. Let me know how you feel about this extra breathing room. There are 9 pieces at the library, 4 of them 27″ by 22″, and one towering at 29″ by 41″. This later piece, an abandoned silo in Kingston, is the largest print I have ever ordered and I must thank McGreevy ProLab for delivering one fine photo.
Printing, framing and displaying photos is a learning process. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of free time to do it perfectly, but it is getting a bit easier each time. If you enjoy photography, do not be afraid of making the jump (looking at you, B); start small, ask around, and enjoy yourself. It has to be rewarding somehow, but I would suggest to keep low expectations about sales. There are many galleries in and around Albany which could be interested in your work. If the pressure is a bit too much, why not find a few other photographers to set up a show together, or donate your art to a fundraiser? Many options to consider… you only need to make the first step.
Thank you to library director Timothy McDonough and his staff for the warm welcome. Everybody at the Waterford Public Library was extremely friendly and supportive; I appreciate the flyers, signs, and the promotion too. As usual, this little show would have not been possible without the help of my friends. You know who you are, Corina, Chrissy, Mikey, Kerry, B, etc., thanks for helping me pick this series and carrying that enormous frame.
The show will stay at the Waterford Public Library from October 14 to November 12, 117 3rd St., Waterford, NY. Why not check Peebles Island on your way back? The library is open Mondays & Thursdays 9am to 8pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am to 6pm, Fridays 9am to 5pm, Saturdays 9am to 3pm. The talk will take place Thursday November 4 at 6:30pm (getting a bit nervous already).
The library was chartered by the University of the State of New York in 1895 to serve those living within the boundaries of the Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District. It has over 15,000 Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction titles, more than 9,000 Juvenile and YA titles and over 500 Large Print titles. The Audio-Visual collection contains over 1,000 books on tape and CD, and well over a 1,000 movies on DVD and VHS. It also has over 400 Music CD’s. Did I mention Classic Movie Nights? Find out more on the library’s About page. Find out even more on the library’s Blog, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr!
Hope to see you there!
My photo tips. A little bit of organization goes a long way. Not too long after the library contacted me I started to think about the photos I would bring. To help trim down this selection, I created a private photoset on Flickr and shared the link with a few friends, asking for feedback. I usually keep a Microsoft Excel sheet around to track my expenses, e.g. frames, mats, prints, and extras. Nothing fancy, since it’s not a business for me, but this helps streamline the process for the next show. I try to give myself some breathing room by not ordering my prints at the last minute, but that’s just wishful thinking I’ve noticed :) I suggest to keep the same style of frames for a whole show. This wasn’t quite possible here; nevertheless, I recommend buying frames in identical sets of 3 or 4, you never know.
I will have one good look at the location a few weeks before the show to take some measurements, organize the layout of the frames on paper and figure out how to hang the frames. If the frames need to be wired, I will do it at home in advance. I also print small labels for each frame, usually on Avery’s White Easy Peel Address Labels 8160. If the frames are for sale, I will print a sheet with the name, location, year, media and price for each piece, and hand it out to the gallery owner. The goal for me is to prepare as much as I can at home, bring the frames the day of (or before) the show, then focus on setting up the hooks and aligning the photos properly. Hammer, plyers, level, pencil and you are all set. I should be more adventurous in my layouts, I keep aligning my frames in rows and columns. Check Chuck Miller’s inventive framing at Schenectady Art Night earlier this year, for example.
The 29″ by 41″ frame was “salvaged” a few months ago after one of my coworker left our US branch. I replaced the original picture… and broke the glass in the process. Bad fingers, bad! I had the frame fixed at Frame of Mind (Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany) for about $60. In retrospect I should have ordered a new mat as well, in white. Frame Crafters Outlet (64 Railroad av., Albany) had a similar deal. It turns out that bigger stores like AC Moore (873 New Loudon Rd, Latham), Arlene (57 Fuller Rd, Albany) and Michaels were 2 to 3 times more expensive. I’m not affiliated to any of them, but I figured I would pass this information along. In any cases, be extra careful manipulating large frames, a little torsion is enough to shatter the glass pane.