Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Getting Into Galleries
How to catch the eye of a curator and get your work exhibited
Jolene Hanson Of The G2 Gallery On...
...Prints Vs. Digital Submissions
I only accept a digital submission for two reasons: That's the way of the future, and we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, therefore, (we) want very little paper coming in and going out. Some older galleries require print, but I do not. We do not accept anything in print. Check with what the gallery is asking for. Each gallery has its own protocol. For me, it's digital.
...Attending Portfolio Reviews
Portfolio reviews are a great way to learn from a professional what's working and what isn't in your portfolio; it gives the reviewer the opportunity to show you visually (as photographers are visual) the flow and how the image plays a crucial role in it. Few galleries have portfolio review days anymore, but it's a great way to be seen and to get feedback if you can find one.
More of the same. One of the challenges, especially in the digital age, is that a lot of photographers are shooting the same locations and the same iconic images, and they're doing it just like or very similar to how it has been done before. This is normal and necessary for student photographers, but once someone moves into professionalism, they need to have worked out their own vision and style, a new way of seeing and presenting these common subjects.
David Muench and Ansel Adams have influenced millions of photographers. They both show unique views of the natural world, and there's a desire to copy it. It's important to remember that they have already done it this way; now you need to do it your way.
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