In another crazy turn of events (welcome to my life), I have ended up moving from small-town Al Ain to the heart of Dubai. I have also stopped teaching in order to develop my work as a photographer as well as pursue some of my other interests! It’s equal parts exciting and intimidating and nerve-wracking and invigorating, and I may be in slightly over my head, but I couldn’t be more excited to have several months where I can focus solely on showing my work and meeting other artists.
Plans are already starting to be developed, though! I’ve met an artist/designer who has an amazing line called Neon Edge here in Dubai, and she’s bringing me into the art world here by offering to host some of my work in her studio during the Sikka Art Fair from March 14-24. Stay tuned for photos, and fingers crossed this will lead to new opportunities! Also, over the next few weeks there will thousands of photos added to this site, my site for my domestic work will be completed, I’m going to be submitting portfolios to different publications, networking with other artists and photography groups, and investigating galleries here in the UAE that might show my work. And then just for fun I’m also going to be taking a course to become a scuba dive instructor, so I’m not anticipating too much free time, but I’m also not complaining about it!
I really appreciate the support I’ve received from everyone here in Dubai and I’m looking forward to big things, so stay tuned and wish me luck!
Well, I have clearly been MIA for a little while, but I have a good reason:
I moved to the Middle East!!
Yep, I was offered a teaching position in Al Ain, about 1.5 hours from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. So I left Michigan at the absolutely perfect moment, the height of fall, and am now out in the Arabian desert (in equally amazing weather, actually, it’s not 140 until July) teaching middle and high school science. And in the six weeks I’ve been here I’ve managed to become head of the science department, which means an exciting opportunity to grow as a teacher!
So it’s been two months now, and while I haven’t bought a camel yet, I have just come back from 2.5 weeks of camping and 4 wheel driving in the mountains of Oman! Scary, beautiful, exciting, exotic, a little dangerous, and a chance to make several new friends, my holiday had all the ingredients for an amazing time that produced a lot of beautiful photos.
So I’ll be editing and polishing and prepping and hopefully POSTING photos quite soon here. Unfortunately, I’m still working on photos from my pan-American/Canadian road trip from the summer, so please be patient. 🙂
Love to all my family and best wishes for everyone in 2013!
Kull aam wa-‘antum bi-khayr! (Happy New Year!)
Last week I took my pictures down off of the walls at Schulers and surrendered the space to another wonderful photographer (who I actually met and advised to show her work when she bought one of the my pieces in the store). If you live in the area and get a chance to see Dorothy’s work, I highly recommend it!
But life keeps moving right along, and I’m currently sitting in Ella’s of Lowell appraising how I arranged my photos for the new show I’ve started here! This time I’ll be focusing on pictures I’ve taken over the years here in the US as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and it’s immediately obvious that there’s a different style and a different vibe at work in this collection. I’ve already heard some lovely comments from Ella’s customers and am eager to come back on Monday with a few more pictures that weren’t quite ready to go up on the wall. I’ll be her featured artists for at least the months of September, October, and November, so hopefully you’ll find a chance to come and enjoy them! And just in case you’ve forgotten the details:
Ella’s of Lowell
307 E. Main, Lowell, MI
And in other news…
–There will be a reception here at Ella’s that will probably coincide with my birthday, so if you’re looking for an excuse to imbibe some tasty wines (special selections from my manager at the Flat River Grill), keep on the lookout for more information here or on Facebook.
–The new website will be completely done in a few days! I needed to change the format because it didn’t have enough memory for all of my pictures, but I’ve got it nearly worked out–look for it soon!
–I’m talking to the manager at Striders in Eastown to hang some of my pictures in their store! I love the people there and always enjoy the Wednesday running group, so this is definitely exciting for me.
–My first Facebook ad is going to start running this coming Wednesday. So don’t ignore the blurbs to the right of your profile, see if you can catch PFAB over there!
I’d say that’s enough for today, but expect more soon when PFABIA is done and ready for you to enjoy. Have a great weekend!
While it’s definitely still in its infancy, I have built a new website to host my pictures from the US. I’ll be uploading all of my shots over the next few weeks and am using a new format that I really like the look of. Main announcements will still be made here, but for the sake of keeping things organized I’ve had to split things up into international and domestic sites.
Here it is! www.PhotosFromABroadInAmerica.wordpress.com
Enjoy and please feel free to respond to how you like the new format and the new pictures. And of course you can still place orders following the same procedure as on this site.
A few friends have asked me to start taking pictures of them for senior pictures and evens and parties, which is definitely a new direction for me. It’s been fun to start to play with those situations and develop an entirely new set of photography skills! I’m going to be posting these shots on Photos From A Broad in America, the sister site that I’m working on right now, so look for those once the site is up and running. Hopefully I’ll be able to build on these experiences and keep learning and growing. Here are a few things from photo shoots done for senior pictures and a spring festival of sorts:
Excellent news! Schuler Books on Alpine is indeed going to display my photos in their Chapbook Cafe, starting May 1 and running all the way until August 14th! I will have lots of photos from my time abroad, but also new shots that I’ve taken here in the US over the winter and in Puerto Rico from a few weeks ago.
I’m super excited to have Schulers host me because I have been going to this store since I was a kid. I always wanted to work there and turned in several unsuccessful job applications. 🙂 So far they’ve been extremely easy to work with and I can’t wait to bring my pictures to a whole new audience. Many, many thanks to them for having faith in me as an artist!
Here is the address and hours of the store:
3165 Alpine Ave.
Walker, MI 49544
Open M-Th 9-9, F-Sa 9-10, Su 10-7
I just got back from over a week in Puerto Rico and am incredibly excited about all of the great new shots I’ve captured! It’s going to take me quite a while to process all of them and make them look exactly the way I want them to, but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.
But this brings me to my main point: since I have been taking so many pictures in the US lately, at some point in the near future I’m going to be creating a sister site to host my American-based photos. Keep an eye out for that soon, and in the meanwhile here are a few shots from Puerto Rico to give you a taste of what I’ve seen:
Lizard on the Leaves 2
The Fountain and the Church