Wow, what a Christmas! I got an email from the Norman Felix Art Gallery in Toronto, shortly before Christmas, asking if I’d be willing to talk with them. My first surprise came when I saw that they had copied my logo into the email that they sent me; it was taken from my web site, as it had a black background. My initial reaction was “hmm… I know that logo. I also know who owns the copyright on it!” Good thing I’m not paranoid, huh?
I met with them and it turned out that someone (I still don’t know who) submitted my work to their jury, and it was approved! They want me as one of their resident artists! How freakin’ cool is that? Yes, I know – the Louvre isn’t shelving Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” to make room for me, but still, an unsolicited signing? For my first time out? Yeah, I can dig that!
To make matters more interesting, I have also been asked if I want to take part in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. I know about it and how huge it is, but I can’t say that I know if it’s of any benefit to me, as a photographer. So if you happen to know about CONTACT, please, do comment and let me know, both good and bad. I have until January 3rd to decide, so I have to figure this out quick!
What this means is that I won’t be taking my sweet time anymore and doing shots when I want. I now have to keep a steady flow of work going, so I’m going to focus on my street photography. This means that most likely, I’ll be moving to Toronto (though I love Niagara Region). It’s where I’ll find more subjects, and it’ll be closer to the gallery.
Another reason for this, which I found funny; they’d like me to be there for show openings to socialize. I get it, from their point of view. It looks better for the gallery, and patrons love to meet the “artist” behind the pieces that they’re buying (I still don’t see myself as an “artist”, which is why I put it in quotes). The problem for me is that I have Avoidant Personality Disorder, which means that the thought of being in crowds makes me cringe. Being in the limelight at the party? Um, hell no! I’d much rather be one of those reclusive ninja photographers who everyone talks about, but no one’s seen. First, why do you think I like doing night photography? Secondly, doesn’t that add mystique and all that good stuff (not to mention value) to my name?
At any rate, it’s going to be a very interesting experience, to say the least…