Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Blame it on Darling Daughter

Yes, I’m blaming it on Darling Daughter. If she hadn’t been pushing me for at least this past year, probably longer, this may have never happened.

But happened it has and here I am, displaying my photography in an art gallery.

I’m not convinced that any of my photographs will ever sell, Darling Daughter is. And Darling Daughter is that art person studying for her master’s degree in theatre design out at Cal State Fullerton, so I’m thinking she has at least some clue in this area.

The jump off the cliff moment occurred around this past Christmas time when she was home for the holiday. We were visiting the gallery when the subject of artist space came up and the next thing I knew, in a moment of weakness, I was putting my name on the waiting list. (Of course I must also note that part of the deal was that Darling Daughter was going to show her work as well and she has since reneged on that offer, the little brat.)

Don’t get me wrong, I have just enough egotism to think some of the work is pretty darn good. But, it’s not the kind of thing people are going to want to hang in their homes so I expect this little adventure will cost me far more than I will ever earn in return.

I take most of my photos for me and what I like to take pictures of the most are things that happen after dark, especially of bands, musicians, singers, as well as other activities that involve people doing things. I blame it on my previous life in newspapers, I take photos that tell stories.

People do like to look at the photos and most find them interesting, I know that from other experiences. They make a decent show but they’re not what people want to spend their money on.

Having said that, I have included a few shots in my space that hopefully will be more appealing to a larger audience and maybe, just maybe, will interest someone enough to buy one. Time will tell on that one.

Now, in all honesty, I need to cut Darling Daughter just a little bit of slack. I really wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want to. One of the various things that comprise my “quest” that I have mentioned earlier in this blog is to have my work publicly displayed. I’m ok with having to pay to rent the space to do that so, if I must be forced to admit the truth, I’m quite thankful to Darling Daughter for her somewhat heavy handed nudge.

We all need a nudge from time to time.

(If you’d like to see my work, and I would love it if you would, it’s located at the Artery in the District of Rock Island, 1629 2nd Avenue. Also, if you're reading this in time, there's a special Gallery Hop in the district this Friday night, 5/10, and that's always a lot of fun.)


Roberta said...

I'm so happy to see this. As a long-time admirer of your work, I'm so happy to see it finally in a gallery.

Alan said...


kimmiethegorgeous said...

I'll have to stop in to the Artery in Rock Island and check it out. How long will your work be displayed there?

Alan said...

Until I decide to take it down... at least another month and then we'll see.