By Fran Gardino, Volunteer Workshop Assistant
I guess you could call me middle-of-the-road with regard to promoting my fine art photo work. I have self-published three photo books, designed and posted an evolving website and participated in a seemingly endless series of local art shows. I’ve also had two portfolio reviews and licensed several of my photos for relatively small fees. Like many in the audience, I decided that it’s about time for a boost and an update. The PRC’s “Finding Your Audience” workshop with Mary Virginia Swanson — or Swanee, as she likes to be called — was just the ticket.
A number of years ago, I attended a photo lecture given by an aging Doc Edgerton at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During his lecture, Doc mentioned that despite his many years on the case, there were still plenty of strobe photography opportunities waiting out there, in particular, the photographing of complex wing movements of a large variety of hummingbirds in South America. Even in his old age, Doc was still seeking lifetime challenges and inspiring all of us in the audience to do the same.
Similarly, Swanee, although much younger than Doc was at the time of his MFA lecture, showed an intense video slide presentation that was both inspirational and full of challenges, useful concepts and practical hints. Her presentation was specifically designed for those of us that feel the need to exhibit our work in galleries, museums, etc., sell, and self-publish our best photos in printed books and on the web.