Years ago I said I'd never do another public exhibition. Exhibitions are a distraction from on-going creative work. They consume time and expensive resources and furnish but passing entertainment for mildly interested gallery goers.
But there's an upside too in the cleansing discipline of putting together a show. Sure, you make 'em, hang 'em, look at 'em, take 'em down, and put 'em away but the journey also involves an essential editing, clarifying, simplifying, and confirmatory mental process. One might become a better photograph maker or perhaps a more cunning one.
I also do the framing, mounting, matting which feels like work. But I'm not in photography to dodge work but to be uplifted by it. And the signage, titles, and explanatory text is more work too. If it's all done as good as I can do at the time then its worth, grand or paltry, is validated. And maybe I get validated as well; just a bit.
My good mate Ian Poole is director at Foto Frenzy gallery. He is also urbane, articulate, persistent, and persuasive enough to summon me out of the workshop and studio with photographs to put on a wall.
The result is: Maris Rusis: Original Photographs which runs at Foto Frenzy from 3 February - 20 February 2014.
Here are a couple of links:
http://www.fotofrenzy.com.au/events/exh ... aris-rusis