I have been back from Review Santa Fe for a couple of weeks now. I had been planning on writing a long entry on what learned, who I met, what I ate (the food in Santa Fe is the best), who reviewed my work, etc. I had read some other blog posts like this one and this one. I have not posted anything because I am still processing what happened and what was said about my work. One that was clear from the get go was the Center did a great job putting this all together.
The open road
When I got there I realized that many people came from a lot farther away than I did. That is when it hit me that this weekend was more than just another trip to Santa Fe. The level of work I saw was humbling.
Some of the other photographers participating in the review I met:
- Adam Ekberg
J. Gilbert Plantenga
Joseph O. Holmes
Michael Forster Rothbart
Morgan M. Ford
Yvette Marie Dostatni
I had the chance to spend some time with some other people too.
- Antone Dolezal
One of the first things I did when I got to Santa Fe was to go by photo-eye. I have been writing some book reviews for them so it was good to say hello and spend a little money. It was there that I bumped into Dewi Lewis and others. I was also able to pick up the next few books I will be reviewing. I am not sure if I could live within 100 miles of photo-eye without going broke.
I managed to also eat a few good meals during the weekend.
Allsup’s Beef and Bean Burrito outside of Santa Rosa, New Mexico
What do I take away from Review Santa Fe? The real work starts now. I am confident that the decisions about how I work, and the kind of work I am making is on the right track. Being myself is the key to success. It is up to me to keep in touch with those that reviewed my work and those that I met. Taking a voice recorder and recording the reviews helps, no matter how painful it is to hear my own voice. I always need to double check that my prints are in order before a review. Always. It is good to take packets. I need to process and think about what happened. All of this stuff is hard for a reason. The pictures are what matter. Moving up to a Mamiya 7II sounds good, but I am sticking with what I have for now.
Stephen Crowley had the quote of the weekend for me. As we were walking to dinner he asked me how the reviews went. I said good. “Good is all I ever get out of you. At least you are laughing,” he said.