View Full Version : Stress

04-30-2010, 05:15 AM
Well I am here typing and complaining I should be working. I am now thinking about backing out on one the Contact shows, not sure I can do that would not be a wise thing to do but may still have to really take the risk and in the end they will get their photos because I just could not do that to anyone. My new gallery has also informed me that my solo show is an invite only show to art critics, dealers, buyers, other galleries, representatives from the Art Councils of Ontario and Canada, etc. I am being literally being put under the microscope. I thought it was just a show but they think I need to be put out there and see what feedback we get from the people who can promote and sell my photographs and they want it scrutinized to see if I am the photographer I and they think I am (well right now I am not that sure if I am that good, I have been second guessing my self all week and I never do that and questioning if I have 25 photographs of the quality I expect from myself). If it goes well they will take me on as a consultant for anything related to the purchase or if we should add photographer to the roster. So I need 20 photos framed and mounted by tomorrow and it is not going to happen.

One gallery I ran down to this week and just said here is two photos the best I can do. I only have 12 done so far for the solo show and I owe and the other gallery at least 3 photos but they will take 4 if I can pull it off and I am wondering if I can get them one. So I decided to hell with it, everyone will just have to wait until Monday. Two shows start on the 7th and the solo on the 8th so if they have them by Monday plenty of time I figure, not like I or them currently have a choice in the matter, I am done printing for the night, my eyes are going buggy. I hate openings and I have 3 in two nights and I am not sure I have that much stamina.

I am also in talks with two other photographers about opening a gallery, thats just a maybe for now but it has taken up time this week so I guess I should maybe like not start something else while I am already under a deadline, Anyway just had to rant. I think my wife is tired of my complaining so had to bother someone else and cut the poor woman a break. And if I fall off the radar for a few weeks just means I am either locked up or don't know what day or time it is. Then in June I have nothing going yet, need to work on that. It is 5 am and I have a meeting at 9 am, so I may just rummage through posts I missed since sleep won't be happening.

And oh Contact Photography Festiva (http://www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com/)l starts May 1st with a lot of staggered opening nights.

04-30-2010, 06:48 AM
AL, sure sounds like you have a lot going on. I can't offer much in the way of specific help other than to say that deadlines suck, but often bring out our best. Of course when you are relying on others and it is out of your control it can definitely be stressful. I guess its good to be busy, but there is such a thing as too busy and sometimes a day or two away from the stress helps.

Good luck with the rest of your preparation.

Wow, the Contact Festival looks huge.

04-30-2010, 06:57 AM
Wow, the Contact Festival looks huge.

2 million +people come to Toronto just for it. Why being involved as much as you can is important.

04-30-2010, 11:55 AM
I totally get what you are going through (it made me flash back to my masters thesis:eek:). Your photos are brilliant and you will be brilliant. :thumbup:

okay, rant received, now get back to work! And I mean that in the nicest possible way.:D