March 28, 2010
As I state in the introduction to "On the Cork Board," the good pictures go into the art folder. But what happens to them then?
Actually, there is an art folder for each year. At the end of the year, I select the best pictures from that year's art folder and create a portfolio for the year. (Yes, this is a portfolio of prints, with cover page, in a nice black Century box.) The pictures in the portfolio are the ones I show to people when they ask "What do you take pictures of?". They are also the pictures that I enter into shows during the next year.
Creating the year's portfolio is a time for reflection. Am I happy with the year's work? Am I changing directions or doing the same things? What do I seem to like to shoot these days?
As part of that reflection, I though I'd share some statistics. In 2009, I made 3649 exposures during 52 outings. Of those, 114 pictures made it into the 2009 art folder, and 26 of those made it into the 2009 portfolio. Of the 26 pictures in the portfolio, I took 10 with point-and-shoot cameras, 14 with my DSLR, and 2 with a Panasonic G1 that I bought and then sold.
The surprise is the 10 pictures with the point-and-shoot cameras. This tells me that I'm getting lazy and really need to be carrying around my DSLR more. (This is turning into a resolution for the year.) It also tells me that the point-and-shoot cameras are getting better. And it drives home something that I tend to forget: When I run into a good picture out in the world, I can usually capture it with the camera I have with me, whatever camera that is
In any case, since this blog is about letting you peek into my photography process, I thought I'd share a little more of it.