Well, I survived and enjoyed the weekend's art show and sale. That is really saying something for one who is basically a solitary person in this and every lifetime. That's not to say that I don't enjoy society and meeting folks but if I had my druthers and push came to shove I'd be holed up with a book all by my onesies and be very content. That being said, meeting folks at the show was a real joy. I think I might get better at it with practice. I'll share a couple of examples of why it was so unexpected and delightful.
A young couple walks into the booth and starts looking through my travels images. They were enjoying the images from Italy in particular. Come to find out they were new to San Antonio and had moved from Italy. The young woman asked me if I knew what the street name on the wall of this image translated to? I had to say I hadn't realized it was anything other than a street name. But this is Italy folks and everything has a touch of the cinematic about it. The name sign you can see about the young woman's head on the right is Piazzetta del Buonumore. Which translates to Good Mood Place. How wonderful is that? How sweet it was to meet a couple a little bit homesick and willing to share a little of the secret magic of Italy with me. Score one for meeting new people!
Cue another young couple. They were everywhere by the way. Young folks shopping, walking impossibly cute dogs and enjoying life. Anyway, so another lovely young couple steps in, drawn by some of my quirky livestock photos. Kisses was the hit of the booth.
The couple is drawn to the kissing longhorns and came in to chat. Come to find out they are from Glasgow Scotland and recognize the above image as the young woman used to live right across the street from where it was taken. They went home with Kisses. That makes my heart smile that as much as I'm in love with Scotland I was able to create something from home that spoke to someone from there. Score two for let's meet more new people!
I ended up having a great show, meeting lots of charming folks and feeling affirmed in my decision to follow my dream and make art with my photography and still be able to sustain my material needs while feeding my soul.
Thank you to everybody that stopped by the booth and found something they liked or maybe just one of my super wonderful www.moo.com business cards that are little gems of images to collect that have all my contact details and places to find me online. Thanks to photo friends that stopped by to share their love and support. Thanks also to my pal Peter Florczak at www.peterflorczak.com and his compelling images that shared the booth space with me . Without his materials and unflagging support and years of experience I would have been all at sea in this strange new world that is the art show circuit. Nobody understands the life better than another photographer.
So I end the weekend a little foot sore, pollen covered but filled with the happy energy that comes of people enjoying my work and sharing the laughter, sighs and wonder that is out there to see.
Until next time-
All the best,