The Big Let Down

By Jes • Uncategorized • 20 May 2009

Not really a let down so much really. The first art festival of the season is over. In two days we talked to many people, sold a lot of artwork, and generally had a great time despite the indecisive weather.  Now that all of the festival preperations are over, it is time to get back to work.

Monday I spent the day happily sorting through the thousands of pictures I took on our trip to Japan…until Adobe Bridge crashed on me…3 times. Ugh! It was then that I decided to heed the advice of one of my fellow Twitter-ers and try out Adobe Lightroom.  So far, I am impressed. It hasn’t crashed on me yet. I might be converted on that fact alone (it really doesn’t take that much!). I really appreciate the ability to tag photos and the zillions of ways to sort them. I’m hoping that the ‘Collection’ feature will help me sort through photos for more ‘Digital Dreams of Life‘ work. If there is anyone reading this who uses Lightroom on a regular basis and has any awesome tips, please send them my way! I’m still a rookie at this!

Besides playing around with Lightroom and sorting through lots of photos, I have been working hard on some new images that will end up as layers in the Digital Dreams project. I’ve been thinking lately while looking through previous work I have made in this series, that there is a lack of humanity in them. Meaning: I don’t take pictures of people if I can help it. This was a challenge when I was photographing our Japan trip, but I was relatively successful. So, my new challenge – take more pictures of people, including some portraits, and most likely a series of self portraits. I have studied Diane Arbus‘ work for years, and am looking through some of Ruth Bernhard‘s currently as well for starters. Any others I should check out?