The Autumn is full of Arts-related events in the Sacramento region, or at least, it used to be.
On a previous post, I mentioned the KVIE auction. The auction went well and my piece was a bell-ringer. This means that I don’t have to make room for it on the walls of my house.
This year, I have one piece for sale at the Art Farm Gala, Sunflowers’ Corner (the featured photograph above). If it sells, half of the earnings will go towards fundraising. I had prepared two prints for this fundraising event but, unfortunately, the other print I submitted, Portrait of a Wilting Sunflower, was not selected for their juried, silent auction. I guess I will never know why. This was the first time I actually printed a larger version of my work with overlays and I am very pleased with the result. The prints were beautifully executed by the Blue Wing Gallery.
Although many photographers are reluctant to work with overlays because it is not “straight photography”, it is possible to obtain a similar result in camera (using a technique known as multiple exposure). If nothing else, multiple exposure and/or pos-processing techniques are likely to result in artwork that is more unique.
Producing “original” work is the quest of many photographers. Not long ago, a friend I was out shooting with asked me not to take pictures of a particular cloud to avoid redundancy. “I want to have some unique photographs of this storm”- I was told. Although I was flattered that my photography could be perceived as a threat to anyone’s originality, I must confess that I resented the request, since we were out together on a photography trip, it was starting to rain and we both had to make the best out of photographing from near the car. The good news is, there is no need to be possessive of any particular scene or weather manifestation, and create problems with friends. Even when two people are photographing the same scene, they can produce unique frames by using different post-processing, or in-camera techniques like ICM or multiple exposure.