As some of you may know by now I have been going to The Art Institute of Colorado pursuing a degree in photography. I don't usually talk about my student career. I always just want to be known as an artist and who cares if that means I am in school or learning on my own. I chose to go to formal school for a number of reasons. Access to equipment, learning multiple types of photography and being able to collaborate with a lot of creative people to name a few. It has been a pivotal time in my life. Being able to focus on and hone a craft that I truly love.
Today I will be submitting my final portfolio for review. Three years worth of work all boiled down into 60 photographs. All of the late nights staring at computer screens. Early mornings scouting locations and countless hours printing work. Every bit of effort over the last few years realized. As I began sorting and assembling my final portfolio for review it gave me a chance to look back at my progress over my time as a student. The one thing I noticed is that I have always had an eye for what I like but maybe not the technical know how to pull it off. So here is a quick little stroll through my early work. Some of these predate school.
I was a little stunned how much of my new work I saw in my old work. I wasn't thinking about vision or creating a style. Just making the photographs I wanted to make. Alright enough talk. Here are some of the highlights of my final portfolio. A sort of best of.
Over the past few years I have been able to photograph on the shores of San Diego, the mountains of Alaska and Colorado; Wide open plains of eastern Colorado and the homes of several WWII vets. I leave school feeling equally comfortable on location, in the studio and yes even the dreaded dark room. It has been a great ride.
So now what? Now I get focused. My submissions to magazines, contests, galleries etc.. has been completely lack luster. I have really been trying to concentrate on squeezing every drop of experience out of school that I can. From now on I will be focused. More submissions. Getting involved in my local art community. Searching for gallery representation and working with art consultants, are top on my list. Along with furthering The Blane Project and seeking to publish the completed work sometime in the near future.
I want to take just a minute and thank everyone who helped me along the way through school. My wife and kids for putting up with me (especially the last few weeks getting ready for graduation). My professors who put up with my extra questions and constant emails, Tom, Cynthia, Skott. Not to mention the countless friends and supporters I have met on social media and navigating the art world. I really can't begin to say how much your support has meant to me, all of you. Congrats to my fellow classmates graduating. It is a truly talented group of artist.