I am not proud of the way I behaved. It was a searing experience for wife and dogs.
Tomorrow begins Beacon Open Studios, a two day extravaganza I am participating in. I did it for the first time last year. What an ordeal that was. Our dining room was the only possible place I could display photographic work. Unfortunately it was also gutted and needed to be reassembled. I was the one man construction crew. Hanging the 5/8" thick 4' x 8' sheets of wallboard on the ceiling by myself under pressure of a deadline was not fun. I am not proud of the way I behaved. It was a searing experience for wife and dogs.
My dog Augie spent a lot of time hiding upstairs. He doesn't like it when I curse. Seriously, all I have to do is utter one little "fuck me" under my breath and I hear him sneaking up the stairs to find cover. It's funny, he's a feisty dog that will fight to death over a chicken bone he finds on the street but he runs for the hills when I bark. Go figure.
The two weeks leading up to Open Studios last year were a nightmare. When the hour arrived to throw the doors open I was still carrying construction debris out of the house. I had to turn a few people away. Oh well. In spite of all that I had a good number of visitors and sold three prints.
This year the dining room is still under construction, but we are tapping, spackling and painting. I am pretty sure the paint will be dry by opening time.
I did more to promote the event this year. I made up cards and spread them around. I created a Facebook event and invited all my friends. Already as many have said they are coming as came last year. I know they won't all show up, but there will be people I have never met before. I even paid for Facebook promotion. I have seen some likes of my event from people who are not my friends, so I think it has had some impact.
I got more sophisticated this year too. I will be able to take credit cards. At least I hope I will. I haven't tested my Paypal device in a while. Add that to the to do list. Oh right, I already did.
Last year I threw out on the table whatever prints I had on hand. This year I have had time to think about it. I will be presenting photographs from the two books I am working on. Have I told you about the books? This journey started with the goal of a book. I am packaging my images and words as seasonal journals. Winter, spring, summer, fall. Solstice to equinox, equinox to solstice, times two. I wondered if I had the depth of photographic work in a three month time period to do this. I actually think I do. Here is a sampling of what will be on display in my studio. Some are also for sale online here. Shipping within the United States included. Contact me if you are interested and not in the US.
Next week I will let you know how it went.