there’s a sweet little shop in the town where i live. downstairs is a gift/candy/coffee/snack/toy shop and upstairs is a wonderful space which the owner has transformed a few times over her tenure as shopkeeper. in it’s most recent incarnation it is a consignment furniture shop with lots of wall space. on april 29th we had a reception to celebrate the opening of her most recent project: an art gallery, and the opening of my show ‘ordinary grace, a celebration of everyday beauty’.
it was no easy task choosing the images to show. while i shoot a lot of people (both for work and in personal projects) i opted not to show portraits here. i carefully considered my goals and decided that, while it was certainly key to gain exposure and portrait and commercial clients, the ultimate goal had to be to sell the prints. so i went with showing images which i thought people might like to hang in their homes. not easy. and i asked for a lot of help. from a lot of people. thank you to my friends who gave me their honest opinions about what you liked and what you didn’t like.
after all the work was done (printing, matting, framing and hanging 32 images) it was time to let go and enjoy the party. but before i tell you about that, i have to shout out to my husband, niall. if there is ever a time to be married to a perfectionist architect with a long history of working in technical theater and a great understanding of production, lighting and strong math skills – it’s when you are trying to hang 32 pictures. it looked wonderful.
okay, the party. in a nutshell: awesome. people came out to support me. friends, neighbors and strangers who like photography and wanted to support the idea of an art gallery in our little town. it was good. everyone told me what their favorite images were, and i loved that. and you know what feels really validating? when people spend their hard earned money to purchase your art. (especially when it’s not your mother.)
here is the statement i wrote about the collection:
This collection presents images of the ordinary details that surround me as I move through my days—the details I might otherwise overlook as not being beautiful or worthy. I notice the way the light falls on the kitchen table at snack time or the promise of dough rising for bread. I photograph colorful flowers picked from the garden or a quiet moment found for a cup of tea.
I first started making photographs of these moments to help myself see what was lovely during a time in my life when it felt as though nothing was—and it changed the way I saw the world. Instead of a mess, I began to see beauty all around. Instead of chaos, I saw sweet moments that I wanted to etch into my consciousness. So I make photographs of life’s simple pleasures and the process makes my life sweeter.
I’m honored to share my images with you and it’s my hope that they bring a little bit of light to your day as well.
If you are nearby I hope you’ll come see the show – it’s hanging until June 11th.
Credit for all the lovely images in this post go to Bill Scherer.