Monday, December 13, 2010

Taking A Photography Risk


After walking out of the gallery, I glanced back through the window. There she stood. Looking at my photo. She was studying it. She looked intent, thinking. I knew then I'd made the right choice. I snapped a quick photo through the window, the view obscured a bit by the bronze work in the window.

I've wanted to take this step for a long time. Living in a neighborhood filled with art galleries, I wanted my art to inhabit some space. Not for the potential sales. Not for the exposure of my name.

For nothing more than to declare to my town, I'm an artist.

I've created a million reasons to not take this step before. I've talked myself out of believing I have talent or art worth sharing. Yes, I share on the internet. But that is different somehow.

The idea of a contest, at a gallery I know, with an open call for art did it. I submitted my form. I nervously carried my canvases, five in total, into the gallery. I walked out and wondered. Will they hang on their walls? Will anyone look at them?

On Thursday night we walked into the Barton Gallery and found all five displayed. Each one tells a different story. Each one a piece of me.

People looked at them. People commented on them.

And now they know.

I am an artist.

20 comments:

Mozer said...

Awesome Katrina! I've watched you grow in your photography over the years and am so proud of you! (that sounds like I'm your mom or something---lol!) You've stepped out of your comfort-zone in several arenas (writing a book, going pro, art gallery etc) and that has encouraged me to take some chances too. Way to go Katrina!

Charisse said...

Congratulations!!! That is so exciting!! Way to own representing how this industry works/fits for you!

Aino said...

That is amazing Katrina!! SO proud of you!! I wish I could go and see the exhibition. That is a very huge step to take, but you are OH so worthy. And yes, YOU are an artist K. We know that. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations Katrina! That is incredible and well deserved. You are super talented, we've always known that. I'm glad you are able to finally see it!

MaryC said...

Go YOU!!! We already knew you were an artist but it's awesome that you have a new audience in your community!

Carol E. said...

So very very cool and exciting! Congratulations!

mcscraps5 said...

I'm bursting with pride for you!! That's so awesome!

stamphappy2001 said...

Wow, I don't "know" you but I am so happy and excited for you. You took a risk, good for you. No matter what else happens, remember you are an artist that has effected many people. Thank you.

Tami said...

ooh you made me tear up there! so happy for you! not surprised all five hung but love that you don't get how amazing you are.. it's like I finally know a photography secret that you dont..

esther_a said...

Go Katrina! How wonderful that must be to see people appreciating your art! I love that photo with the observer's head cocked to one side analyzing the canvas.

C McCormick said...

That is wonderful, way to go! How amazing to have your work displayed like that - and a little scary I would think. So impressed!

Cheryl McCain - aka Digi Designs by Cheryl said...

I can't believe you had any doubt about being an artist! This is wonderful news Katrina. I congratulate you on taking this step and I'm so proud to tell people that I've taken your classes. You're an encouragement to all who know you! Thanks for sharing this piece of you with all of us too!

Jennifer said...

You rock.

Anonymous said...

And now they know what I have known for a long time....yes, my friend you are an artist...and a very talented one at that!! congrats.

on a sidenote...i am way late for class...lol!! i signed up and plan to get to class toommorrow, can't wait!!

Love you......kathie

Gabi said...

Congratulation, Katrina! You definitely ARE an artist, I love your photography!

Kyria said...

Congrats! Thats really great! You completely deserve it!

Chris said...

How wonderful for you Katrina! Once you've made your art, you have to free it to the world.....and so you have, congratulations! The Internet is fine, but not at all like seeing the photographs with the correct lighting so the colors will be seen as you intended. Your work deserves to be viewed by all!

Carol said...

Katrina they may be discovering what we already know. You are an artist, a teacher and a fabulous person. Congratulations. You deserve every amount of recognition.

Carol said...

I'm doing a Project 52 this year, not quite ready to delve back into the P365 after doing it in 2009. But at least I'm doing it right? I'll probably still take a photo a day just to get that one shot for the week, LOL.

dille2@cableone.net said...

I always suspected it... FAB Miss K!

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