My photography exhibition officially opened on Thursday night and I am still on a high! It was such a great evening. We had an excellent turnout of about 70 people, some beautiful wines selected by Alistair, and lovely catering from Veronique, who runs the French cafe right next door in the Woolstore. My speech went quite well (I think), and most excitingly, I have already sold five large framed prints (I'm doing a limited edition of 10 on the large ones) and several medium-sized ones. I couldn't be more stoked really, especially as I didn't even know I was going to hold an exhibition until early last month! I had taken some sample images down to the Woolstore to show the building's owner Paul Robinson, as he was interested in having a few up as permanent installations. His response was: "This is an exhibition! We'll lock it in for November." Thank you so much Paul for making this whole thing happen and providing the wonderful space that is the Woolstore Art Room. As I said in my speech, without that kick up the pants, staging an exhibition would have remained on my bucket list for at least five more years.
A great photo that my 11-year-old daughter Eva took before everyone arrived.
I also owe a debt of gratitude to my lovely framer David at Exhibit A in Wakefield St, who really pulled out all the stops to help me get everything ready on time, and to Ink Digital in Marion St, who did most of the printing. They did the five images on the long wall, which were printed on Aluminium Composite Material and framed. The series of circles on the end wall was printed on metallic paper by Queensberry, and has a mat with nine separate apertures. I don't often print on metallic paper but it suits this image so well - the circles (which are actually reflections in the convex shaving mirror in our bathroom) look like pools of liquid. That image got a Gold at the NZIPP/Epson Iris Awards in June, and along with two of the other exhibition shots, helped see me named NZ Creative Photographer of the Year for 2016.
I printed the images pretty huge and they looked awesome. Five are 1m x 1m, and the sixth is 1.5m x 1m.
Here are some some shots from the official opening taken by the lovely Mel Waite.
Paul's welcome speech. My speech. My little cheerleader Eva.
Thank you to my lovely family for being so supportive of and patient with my obsession. And thanks Mel for the great photo - we don't have many of the four of us!
And finally one of me with Eva, taken by our friend Nicky Hill.
The exhibition is on Level 1, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington and runs until the end of this month.