Over the weekend, I was talking on the phone to a friend of mine who is also an artist, albeit a literary one rather than a performing or visual one. She eagerly asked me how I thought the workshop had impacted my creative work. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I told her that I was thinking of setting up a "real" photography studio for portraits - NOT. I'm happy in my little artist's studio at the back of our lot here at Dragon Hacienda. At least for now.
But I got to thinking about how the work I did and the critiques I received have impacted my work. I know that I'll be a better editorial/PR photographer. I learned some very good lessons in working with models and materials. I'm no longer a nude photography "virgin" and that breasts in water are "headlights". I also learned about myself and other people and our reactions to each others' work. Like everyone else, I have a tendency to think I'm a terrible artist when I receive criticism. I also learned to take that little guy in my head, that was telling me I was no good, to sit down and shut up! I even put some duck tape over his mouth!!!
But one of the main things that I've learned is that I need to be more brutal when editing images. It was no one else's fault that I was up to 2 AM. It was my fault because I couldn't make up my mind about a series of shots! My eye has now become more discerning as to technically what is a good photograph and what might work in one of my collages.
To this end, before I share any more of the Santa Fe work with you, dear reader, I'm going through the photo shoot I did up at Gladding McBean in Lincoln. This is a huge commercial pottery that makes big sewer pipes and statues and such. I'm going to winnow out 6 good black and white shots and perhaps another 6 that I might use for source material for some of my blended collage work. Then, I'm actually going to delete the rest of them! This is a big step for me as I want to keep copies of just about everything.
I call this one, "Going in Circles".