It has been nearly a year since I started writing this weekly photo post for the Smithsonian Studio Arts blog. Thinking of something to write about each week has been both stimulating and challenging, particularly when what I start to write morphs into a completely different subject in the span of one evening (usually the night before it’s due, too!). There are always several different ideas bouncing around in my head that need time to digest and work out the details, though certain concepts are much more difficult to put to paper than others.
Sometimes I write about personal experience stemming from a recent event or thought. These require very little research and flow from my head directly to the keyboard. Other times, someone I know is doing something really cool with their artwork and I want to share it with all of you. These types of interviews take about a week or two to come together. Then, there are those weeks when searching for an idea is impossible, so I compile my favorite photos from my friends’ recent work. When I do that, I pretend that I’m curating a brick and mortar show and try to visualize a cohesive, yet diverse, group of photographs that present well together while maintaining the artistic integrity of the artists as I know them.
44 posts later...
I’ve written from the road, from another country, from my bed when I was sick, and at the last minute the morning it’s due. Some are better than others. Sometimes you probably wonder if my computer even has a spell-check program (it does...). Or, if I know what spell-check is (I do...). Or, if I think to run it before hitting send (I don’t....).
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the past year in S+ART posts. I’ve learned a lot along the way, my writing, at times, has improved, and I appreciate the opportunity S+ART has giving me to write about anything photo-related that I want. And, major thanks to Leland Bryant, who thought of me when S+ART was looking for someone to fill this spot. If you ever take a class offered by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, you won't be disappointed.
Please help me with some ideas going forward! The well is running dry, people! The comments section is all yours.
Just in case you missed one, here they all are:
25 Aug 2010: Polaroid Negatives with Eric Petersen
18 Aug 2010: One Film, Two Photographers
11 Aug 2010: Emotions & Photos
04 Aug 2010: Summer Vacation Photos
28 Jul 2010: Motivation
21 Jul 2010: Something New
14 Jul 2010: Photo’ing New Stuff: Sunset Parade
30 Jun 2010: Photo’ing Fireworks
23 Jun 2010: Photos After Dark
16 Jun 2010: Photo’ing Lightning
09 Jun 2010: Camera Straps
03 Jun 2010: Memorial Day Weekend Photos
26 May 2010: Instant Gratification
19 May 2010: Camera Bags
28 Apr 2010: Film & The City
21 Apr 2010: Wet Plate Collodion
15 Apr 2010: Mordançage with Erin Antognoli
07 Apr 2010: Favorite Photos
31 Mar 2010: Photo Meetup
17 Mar 2010: Darkroom Part One
24 Mar 2010: Darkroom Part Deux
10 Mar 2010: Make A Pinhole Camera
03 Mar 2010: Cell Phone Cameras
24 Feb 2010: Expired Film
17 Feb 2010: Filters
03 Feb 2010: SNOMG
27 Jan 2010: Pinhole Photos
20 Jan 2010: Collaboration Project
13 Jan 2010: Good v Bad
06 Jan 2010: New Year’s Goals
16 Dec 2009: Gear & Travel
09 Dec 2009: The Ones That Get Away
01 Dec 2009: Favorite Cameras
25 Nov 2009: Angela’s Fixation Interview
18 Nov 2009: Understanding Your Work
11 Nov 2009: Artist Statement & Bio
28 Oct 2009: Fotoweek
21 Oct 2009: Feedback
14 Oct 2009: Self-Promotion
07 Oct 2009: Staying Motivated & Building An Artistic Network
29 Sep 2009: Starting A Series or Body of Work
22 Sep 2009: Best Ways to Find Photo Shows
09 Sep 2009: Hello!