This past Saturday, I participated in a “print throw down” at Sun to Moon Gallery here in Dallas. http://www.suntomoon.com
The gallery has done this annually for a few years now, but this is the first I had heard about it or participated. The event came only one week after our get together of local photographers to share and view prints, so I was showing work two Saturdays in a row. However, the format was very different, and the group was – for the most part – different.
Last week, (see prior post) we each stood in front of the entire group and showed as many prints as we liked (from 2 to 10 or so) and there were no time limits. Still, about 8 photographers showed work, and we finished in about 2 hours. So, about 10-15 minutes per.
At Sun to Moon, there were 4 tables. Fifteen photographers showed work, but the format was to draw 4 names out of the hat, and then each of the four could spread as much work out as would fit and there was 10 minutes for everyone to go around and view the prints. The whole event was done in about an hour and a half.
Each event had its advantages. Everyone got to see everyone’s prints at the first gathering, but we had to view them from a distance. At Sun to Moon, we could see the prints up close, and even hold some of them, but there was often not enough time to get to everybody.
Yet, I think both events were successful. Last week, we had 12 photographers and 8 showed work. At the gallery, there were 25-30 in attendance (I didn’t count), and 15 showed work. Four of us were at both events: me, JB and Susan Harlin, and Tatyana Bessmertnaya. Subtracting the overlap, that’s around 40 people and 19 photographers showing work at the two dates combined.
Sun to Moon will continue to do this annually, but the more informal group that met the week before is planning to meet more often, the frequency to be determined by interest.
In both instances, it was gratifying to see so many people interested in viewing prints. Printing is what is so often missing in today’s digital environment. Yet, most of the work at Sun to Moon was digital or hybrid (film capture and digital print), while some of both was shown the week before.
Thanks to Scot Miller, of Sun to Moon, and to all the participants. I look forward to next year!