One Rainy Saturday

Standard

Two weeks ago I went to Baltimore for the final day of the Fun-a-Day exhibit at the D Center. I heard about the project from Michelle, my first pen friend. The idea of the project is for artists of all skill levels to commit to spending time working on their craft every day for the entire month of January and then displaying the results. I had never heard of any type of exhibit like this before so I was curious to see what the exhibit would really be like.

Since I didn’t do my research beforehand (whoops) I got to the D Center a little over two hours before it opened so I had to kill time by going to The Book Thing– not exactly a hardship. I dropped off a stack of books and somehow managed to leave without taking any new ones with me, which was a first.

Can I live here?

After a late lunch and a little wandering  I made my way back to the exhibit. The gallery space was full of pieces from dozens of different artists. It was really cool to see art from such a variety of different people, nearly all of whom aren’t professional artists.

DSC_0710

The back of the gallery complete with a movie screening and a live band in the corner

The back of the gallery complete with a movie screening and a live band in the corner

Mother/daughter display = cutest thing ever. I was tempted to buy a few of these.

Mother/daughter display = cutest thing ever. I was tempted to buy a few of these.

Michelle's table- complete with dinosaurs!

Michelle’s table- complete with dinosaurs!

I might be biased since this was the only display by a person I knew (at least kind of), but I really enjoyed Michelle’s table. She had all the supplies you could need to decorate envelopes plus copies of some of her zines. I took full advantage of both and decorated an envelope with cute monster duct tape and rubber stamps. It didn’t come out quite as nicely as the examples she had on display, but it was fun.

Next to Michelle's table was a street art installation by Mary.

Next to Michelle’s table was a street art installation by Mary.

Here’s where things get kind of odd. Mary had a box on her table for guests to leave their addresses so she could send them postcards, which I did. I didn’t know it at the time, but she had already written me a postcard that day after finding my address on sendsomething. A few days after I sent a reply to that one, I got a postcard in response to the exhibit and finally made the connection. Crazy!

Street art props

Street art props

The exhibit was awesome, to say the least. It was inspiring to see art done by “regular people” and not only professional artists. They even had goody bags full of paper and fabric so you could start something creative of your own at home. I’m definitely going to participate in the Fun-a-Day project next year, I just have to think of something to do!

Book Review: Photo Idea Index

Standard

Title: Photo Idea Index
Author: Jim Krause
Publisher: How Books

Date Finished: 1/9/13
Rating: 

I’ve had this book for about a year but continually put off reading it because of my assumption that it would be useless without access to a better camera. I finally read it last month after getting my first dSLR only to find my original assumptions to be 100% wrong. This was a great way to get started with my new camera, but I should have read it much sooner.

I typically don’t like reading how-to books since I learn better by doing but, as the back cover says, this is not a typical how to book. It is absolutely full of practical ways to improve the overall quality of your photos.  After reading I not only felt more confident about the photos I’d taken in the past, but also more free to experiment when taking new ones- needless to say it was a good way to get started with my new camera.  Reading this also cemented my belief that it takes more than a fancy camera to make someone a photographer.

This book was written to be accessible. It’s doesn’t focus on the technical aspects of photography (although it does contain useful information about those as well), so you can benefit from reading even if you don’t have a fancy camera, equipment, software, or even previous knowledge of photography. With that said, even experienced photographers who do have fancy cameras and equipment can get something from reading. The book explains the importance of cultivating creativity and a new perspective and proves that there are opportunities for good photos everywhere.  Whether you have a camera bag full of gear or just the camera on your phone, this book can help you take better photos. It’s even on sale now so there’s no excuse not to check it out!

Look inside Photo Idea Index: http://www.jimkrausedesign.com/pii_1.html

Buy here: http://www.mydesignshop.com/photo-idea-index

More on Jim Krause and his work: http://www.jimkrausedesign.com/index.html

Happy reading!