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!
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!)
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:
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
I have just taken down my photos at Ella’s and can’t say how grateful I am to all of the people who bought a print. Several more sold since my last post and Ella says it’s been her most successful show to date! I’m talking with a few other cafes around the Grand Rapids area to figure out where I’ll be showing next and will have details as soon as I know them.
And again thank you to everyone who supported me and helped make my first exhibition such a huge success!
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)