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!
I have to very quickly say THANK YOU to everyone who made my last show such an overwhelming success! I was able to sell two dozen photos at Ella’s!! I am so humbled by the warm reception and wonderful support I’ve received there and at all my shows in Grand Rapids. I am loving every minute of my slow but steady transition from teacher to photographer; it’s the best kind of stress there is.
New shows are being discussed here in Dubai, and I also have plans to do portraits and take product shots for some of the many, many friends I have made in my new home.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get this site and Photos From A Broad in America up to date by February with the backlog of photos I have from Puerto Rico, the US, Canada, and now Oman. Oh, dear, lots of work, but like I said it’s good stress!
So again, shukran jazheelin to everyone who has bought pictures or otherwise supported my work. It makes me incredibly happy that my work has touched you!
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!
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
Good news! It seems like Schuler Books is going to put my photos up in its Chapbook Cafe in the Alpine store! I’ve been talking to their cafe manager, Rebecca, and it sounds like I’m going to be there for the months of May, June, July, and part of August. They have only just started putting art on their walls (they’re featuring their first artist right now) so fortunately I won’t have too much pressure to make sure I keep up with the level of the shows before me. I’ll have more details shortly as I iron them out with Rebecca, but I’m incredibly excited and am eager to get started!
I went into Ella’s today to do some work here on the website and on my other online portfolios and got some totally radical news: they have sold more of my photos than any other artist they’ve featured!!
So I’m totally stunned and humbled and reassured and want to say “Thank you!!” one more time to everyone who has bought a picture, said nice things about my work, encouraged me to get my name out there, or even just asked how things are going. Also, everyone at Ella’s continues to be incredibly supportive and encouraging and lovely to work with (and good cooks–my falafel today was out of this world!) and it’s worth the trip to Lowell to spend some time in their cozy cafe!
I thought it might be fun to give an update and share what I have in the works and plans/goals for the near future, so here goes:
–There are a few photo shoots coming up to take advantage of the winter weather that has finally arrived, one at Frederick Meijer Gardens and the other a drive along the lakeshore photographing various lighthouses. Those are both this month, so look for those to be posted here by the end of January!
–There’s an amazing online portfolio portal (www.behance.net) on which I’ve started to put smaller, more artfully grouped collections that have a central theme to them. The hope is that it might bring me to the attention of someone looking to hire a freelance photographer. Fingers crossed!
–I am working on entries for various art shows that will be happening in the spring around Michigan, so no doubt that will keep me hustling in a few months.
–I’m meeting photographers in West Michigan to get feedback from them and explore possible collaborations.
–Over the next few weeks I’m going to pull together a collection of 50 photos that have an interesting story behind them and create a collection of short stories to (possibly, maybe, scarily) try to publish.
So I think that about covers it, but it’s more than enough to keep me completely swamped all the way through summer, no doubt! Sometimes I stop and am just blown away by the fact that I’ve actually made this ‘photography thing’ a real business and have such huge plans for it. I can’t wait to see what comes of it!!!
Sold most recently at Ella’s: Buddha Head Collage (Five individually framed 5 by 7 pictures)