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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Impact Of A Print


Through her gallery, Elizabeth Carmel uses photography to connect people with the natural world

I have to be sure to schedule time for the photography that's the lifeblood of the galleries, otherwise the weeks go by taken up with the more mundane tasks of business management and I've missed a season. When I'm out photographing, I feel that I'm on a mission to capture events and scenes so I can share them with others. I realize many people aren't so fortunate to have the ability or time to go where I can. There's also the pressure to produce work that's of gallery-exhibition caliber, that's up to the demanding standards of a client, and that will be true to my personal vision as an artist. It's by no means a secure, straightforward or simple way of making a living.
When I'm out photographing, I feel that I'm on a mission to capture events and scenes so I can share them with others. I realize many people aren't so fortunate to have the ability or time to go where I can. There's also the pressure to produce work that's of gallery-exhibition caliber, that's up to the demanding standards of a client, and that will be true to my personal vision as an artist.
So whenever I'm asked, "How's the gallery doing?" I invariably feel that the gallery is going great—there's nothing I would rather be doing. Working in our galleries has allowed me to meet some of the most wonderful people in the world and has, in fact, made me more optimistic about humanity. I see daily that people do connect with the beauty of our planet. Most people are willing to support the arts in their communities, even if it's just through simple appreciation or expressions of gratitude. The two-way street of artist and art appreciator is a relationship as old as humanity, and I feel honored to be traveling its winding route.

See more of Elizabeth Carmel's photography at elizabethcarmel.com. and thecarmelgallery.com. Workshop information is available at elizabethcarmel.com.

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