End of Year Review
Wow. I can’t believe the year is already over. I feel like I say that every year, but it’s especially true this year. Normally I would have a lot to report, considering it’s been 6 months since I last updated my personal website. Unfortunately, due to some medical emergencies in my life, I have had to reevaluate. On April 10th, my mother had a major stroke on the right side of the brain. Since April, I have made 1-3 trips per month to her home in East Texas. My roles include caretaking and essentially manage the situation with my mom. On top of that, she is a successful entrepreneur and I have been running her business as well as mine; all that to say, I have put a lot of my own art making on hold.
Even though I have spent ¼ of my year in Texas, a few things have happened with Mother Road Revisited. I opened my show in East Texas at the “Artists of East Texas” exhibit that ran from July-August (big thinks to friend Micah for helping me hang that show), and then MRR went to Houston Center for Photography till the end of November! It was amazing to be included in a group show in Houston called “Travelogues.” The other two artists were amazing, and a joy to meet. I was able to spend a lot of time in HCP’s photo library and look at photography books I had merely read about on the internet.
In November I began making images for my next big photo project entitled “Through Their Eyes.” I am making portraits of people in their environment but editing the image to appear like that person sees the world. For instance if my subject is color blind, I am editing the image to look color blind. I plan on photographing family, friends and strangers. I will also do a self portrait. I am photographing this project with Portra 400 4x5 film and am totally excited about the whole process.
I made my first image of my grandmother on Thanksgiving. The negatives are being shipped back to me as I type this, so I have yet to see how they turned out. I’m crossing my fingers that they look great. (on a personal note, I also cooked a full thanksgiving dinner for the first time and I didn’t burn the house down.)
Also, Mother Road Revisited was featured on Petapixel.com, a popular photo blog, and that has been wonderful networking!
As far as my hope for the new year, I plan on continuing “through their eyes” and showing it at Palm Springs Photo Fest as well as Houston Foto Fest in 2016, in hopes to be picked up in an exhibit. Mother Road Revisited will be featured at Santa Barabra Museum of Art in July of 2015 and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Due to all the traveling, I have not been using my “professional” camera as much this year, aside from weddings and commercial jobs. I did rent a tilt shift lens to photograph and art opening, and that was amazing
But other than that, instagram has been by my side through this year. So, here are some images from this year that sort of outline the last 12 months. Enjoy!
I went to Houston Foto Fest for the first time this year. This is the houston Skyline.
I am a huge believer in festivals, especially if it revolves around something your'e attempting to learn everything about. This is a model from Palm Springs Photo Fest.
My friends are very important to me. This is from my friend Jesse's birthday. After this our group of 20-somethings played laser tag in Dallas.
Another Image from PSPF.
I was able to work for a man born in 1922, who traveled with his wife around the world from 1950-1990. He asked me to scan their travel slides. It was an amazing experience.
My mother loves July fourth, and actually...all holidays. But, she loves to dress up for holidays. This is us getting ready for a July Fourth party at the hospital.
My mom and I share birthdays very near each other. Due to my travel schedule, and me living in Tulsa, and her living in east texas, we decided to celebrate our birthdays together at the hospital. We had a party and ate cake, hung out with friends, and listened to the beach boys (her favorite band)
Weddings by Natalie is doing well, I shot weddings all over the place this year...from the Tulsa state fair, to a wedding that guests were asked to camp in a field due to the distance to the location. It was a great year for weddings.
My boyfriend and I traveled to Indianapolis and this is just an image I made while hanging out with friends.
I just enjoy this photo I took when I felt like fall started.
Anyway, thank you for reading this random blog, and I'll see you next year!