I attended the Center’s Review LA January 14th and 15th 2011 in Santa Monica, California. I had the greatest time meeting reviewers and photographers alike from around the world. The photographic review process is a wonderful experience that helps photographers grow and network. I met with nine scheduled reviewers and paid for one additional review. All of the reviewers I met with where positive and helpful in my quest of promoting my fine art photography. I did not hear a discouraging word, all offered great suggestions and gave thoughtful resources and gallery suggestions for me to follow up on.
Photographers wait outside the Ballroom in the lobby of the Doubletree
On the first night all of the photographers laid out their portfolios for one another to peruse, then the doors where open to the public. Photo LA was happening at the same time just across the street at the Santa Monica Convention Center. Many of the attendees as well as presenters attended the portfolio viewing. I met many gallery owners/directors. This was a fabulous network opportunity. I met with gallery directors and museum curators that I had shared my portfolio with at Photolucida and FotoFest, as well as folks I had never met before.
I plan on signing up for the Center’s Review Santa Fe (deadline January 27th) in Santa Fe New Mexico June 2 – 5 2011
I have been very busy the past few weeks preparing for Review LA. Printing a new portfolio, creating a new leave-behind, business cards, etc, etc… I signed up for nine reviews during Review LA, held at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica, California January 14th & 15th. I have previously met with two of my reviewers at Photolucida in 2009, and one reviewer I met only in passing at FotoFest last year. The rest are all new to me. I am driving to LA from our very remote community in Central Nevada. I am more nervous about driving in LA than the review itself.
I am showing a continuation of my series “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed”. This will be the first time I have shown a completed body of work at a portfolio review. This series was all shot on Tri-X film through several Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras. I eagerly await sharing these images with everyone there.
Also at the same time, just across the street at the Santa Monica Convention Center Photo LA is being held. I’m looking forward to walking the largest photographic show and sale west of New York City. On the final day of Review LA they are hosting a party for all of the photographers. This should be a great way to network with art buyers and collectors that are attending Photo LA.