Events: Just Hangin’ Around
As you know, I’m in no way pro photographer. But I’ve been getting after it for about 15 years now, “doing the roadwork” as I say. Doing the roadwork is based in boxing. It means those long, lonely hours a boxer will run in the dark, early morning mist, to get himself ready for his bout in the ring.
No camera, no fanfare. No matter how big or popular fighter your are, you have to do the roadwork – put in the miles to either get in shape or stay in shape. I even call my Tumblr Doing The Roadwork to remind myself I have to keep shooting. (Give that Tumblr a look-see. I don’t know how much longer it’s going to stay around.)
Part of my photography goals for 2016 was to try to get my work out there a little more, to work harder to get into print, or a gallery showing.
Well, when it’s not exactly pouring, but it is raining pretty good right now.
First, this Saturday, in Tinton Fall, New Jersey, I’ll be having my FIRST gallery showing at Toxic Tins Gallery. They had sponsored an Instagram contest and my photo above, This Hard Land, was selected as the winner.
Toxic Tins is a small, local gallery that caters to social media. In fact, in lieu of actual prints, they “hang” your photos on large TV screens, so I had to drop off a USB stick this past weekend with about 20 selects on it.
So, if you’re in the Jersey Shore/Ocean County area, the official opening of my gallery run starts on Saturday, July 16, from 7 pm – 10 p.m. Check their website for directions. (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it as I’ll be in Pennsylvania doing THIS.)
The second piece of good news is that, on the heels of the Toxic Tins announcement, I found out one of my photos has been accepted for ANOTHER gallery, this one in Vermont.
The Photo Gallery Place in Middebury, Vermont, recently put out a call for B&W photography. You my remember that a few months ago, this same gallery accepted one of my noir images to be printed in their book of that same theme.
At the time, I was thrilled to be part of the print book, but a little disappointed my image didn’t make the cut for hanging in the gallery. (Which is odd, because we all like to be printed, right?)
This time, though, I got the email saying my image, Burn Time, has been selected to be part of the brick-and-mortar gallery showing.
You can see all of the selections here. Some REALLY strong work, so I’m very happy and honored that my image was selected to be part of this group.
I doubt I’ll get up to Vermont to see it live, so if you’re in the area and can stop by, shoot me a photo of my image on the wall, ok?
One final bit of housekeeping….if you’re taking part in my Flash Fiction challenge, can you drop me an email to let me know? Still two weeks to the deadline, but I just want to know how many I should be looking for: firstname.lastname@example.org
(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016