Goodbye 2016--2017 is fast approaching!
December 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment
We are in the last few days of what everyone would admit has been quite a year. For some, 2016 brought great happiness and for some 2016 brought great disappointment--and that goes for more than just sports and the Olympics! Many outstanding people passed away this year, people who were notable in their lives and professions, including photographer Bill Cunningham, the iconic street/fashion photographer for the New York Times. His work was amazing and will likely never be replaced adequately.
As I look back on 2016, I can also say that it has been quite a year, one with its share of successes and disappointments, both personally and photographically. I like to look on the bright side of things, so from that perspective, things have been very good. I was fortunate to get into many shows and received many wonderful accolades, including my first monetary prize. I also participated in more fairs and exhibitions than ever before and significantly expanded my name and brand recognition--at least I think so (one never really knows). I acquired new photographic equipment--a Nikon d4, and more recently, a Nikon 200-500 telephoto lens and both have kicked my work up a significant notch. Although I did not go on any major photographic expeditions in 2016 as in past years, my recent rip to Southwest Florida did help me to hone my skills as a nature photographer and give me a great appreciation of the skillset one needs to excel in that discipline. Perhaps most important, I am moving closer to deciding on my niche in photography--it is definitely black and white and it has to do with everything touched by water, but most especially sailboats (not a big surprise, I know).
Looking ahead in 2017 I see, or at least I hope to see, a modest expansion of my photographic activities during 2016. I will probably enter more shows than before and I already have a number lined up. First, I will be participating in the annual juried show at the Monmouth Museum--which is a very prestigious exhibition and one very hard to get into. I will be curating two shows--one at the Ocean County Artists Guild in April, made up of the work of members of the Toms River Artists Community (TRAC), and one at the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in September, also with TRAC. In between, I will be doing a joint show with my good friend Karen Pomeroy entitled "Seeing Double: Two Visions, Many Expressions," where many of the works she is showing in different mediums are based on my photographs, which will be on display, and a few of my other photographs are based on work she has done. More on this, as well as the other shows, as we get closer to the events.
In addition to these special events, I will again enter most of the shows I have entered before at the Ocean County Artists Guild, the Guild for Creative Art, the Belmar Arts Center, and the TRAC Gallery (Did I mention that TRAC now has a small gallery in downtown Toms River? No? You should stop and see it--it is a great space with wonderful work on the walls and more to come.) I am also planning to do the art fairs I did last year, including Art in the Park in August, Sailfest in September, the Harvest Art Festival in October, plus one or two others--depending on scheduling and my energy levels!
I think that is all for now--I've worn myself out just thinking about and listing many of the things on my plate. A busy year is forecast and I will be keeping up this blog to let you, the reader, know what I am up to and where my work will be. I hope that your 2016 was a good one, despite any disappointments, and that your 2017 is as good, if not better than you hoped it would be!
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