Every year that I’ve been a part of the Alameda on Camera exhibit, sponsored by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, I’ve had a tough time knowing which pieces to submit. Each of the 48 artists are guaranteed at least one piece to be displayed, but each artist may have even more than that, depending on how many are submitted overall, and how they work in the layout of the gallery.
I’m sure part of what makes it difficult for me is that I still don’t have a fully objective eye when it comes to my stuff. While I might think I took an awesome shot–maybe because of the difficulty I went through to acquire said picture–perhaps that image doesn’t translate well to others. After all, unless the viewing public was there when I took the picture, they have no idea if it was the first one I took, or the 31st.
I tend to take anywhere from 300-900 pictures during the 48 hours we’re given to shoot for the exhibit, but I tend to narrow it down to about 10 that I really like, and then I whittle it down further to print/mat/frame just 4 or 5 pieces to deliver to the gallery. When the people at FBCA lay out the gallery with all the images, there’s usually one of mine that doesn’t make the cut (which is true for other artists, again, depending on how many have been submitted). Last year, the one that was cut was my favorite, and this year, the one that didn’t make it was the one I spent the most time on, but I understand . . . not everything is going to be worthy of being hung.
So, that being said, here are the ones that DID make the cut this year. I’m very proud of them, and I hope you enjoy them, too.
First up is this quaint window with a wrought iron gate around the bottom of it. When I saw this, it immediately made me think of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. The window’s much smaller than it might appear here, so Juliet would’ve had to have been no taller than four feet, if she were to recite her monologue from here, but I still found it romantic enough.
The next one I’ve titled Wagon Wheel. The house itself was a little run down, which, in color, wasn’t much to look at, but when I turned it black and white, the ramshackle-ness of it helped evoke a feeling of the Old West.
Next we come to my favorite part of this year’s event . . . morning dew. That Saturday morning was foggy in other parts of the island (as you can see from one of Craig’s photos, here), but in my section, that meant there was a lot of condensation on the flora. I love capturing light in my images, so I’m sure you won’t be surprised when you learn that more than half of the shots I took were trying to capture this somehow. Both of the ones that I turned in made it, thankfully. Here is the first:
And here is the second:
They’re the same type of flower, though not from the same bush, but the first looked so much better with the color pop, while the second is much prettier in black and white.
I’ve heard that it’s a bad idea for an artist to fall in love with his/her work, but I just can’t help it with these two . . . it’s been a small goal of mine to be able to capture the morning dew in such a manner, and I’m very proud of what I came up with.
This year’s event is filled with even more lovely images from many talented artists, some of whose work you can see here. The exhibit will be going on through the end of May, so if you’re over on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, I encourage you to stop on by and check it out. You can find the center’s hours here. All of the images above (as well as the ones Craig submitted this year) are available on our website for purchase now, so check them out!