Monday, February 09, 2009
London, ON, February 2009 [Click all images to enlarge]
We had the reception for my art show earlier tonight, and I have to admit it was as delightfully surreal an experience as I've ever had. People - most of whom I know well, and some of whom I had never met - came to see me and my work. That alone was kind of bizarre, as I more typically hide behind the delightfully large shadows of my camera, my pen and my online presence.
Instead, on this night, I got to chat with folks, in real-time, not about the latest handheld device or my thoughts on Canada's telecommunications industry, but about what I was thinking when I tripped the shutter. I felt more than a little self-conscious - but in a good way - and hoped that somehow my words would live up to the work on display. Or was it the photos living up to my words. Not sure...
When all is said and done, I enjoyed holding court and sharing this energy, this passion I have for telling stories in images and words. I hope it's infectious, and I hope everyone who took the time out of their busy lives to join me and my family left the studio with thoughts of how they could tell their own stories, too. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful that I have the ability to do this, and a wife who has never stopped encouraging me to take it further.
Your turn: Photography repairs the world. Agree/disagree? Why/why not?