I’m ready. Although I just recently wrote that I have a secret, I’ve been holding it and thinking about sharing it with you for quite a while now. And it’s time. Like I revealed in my last post, this is a good thing to share, although parts of me feel vulnerable in stepping into this goodness.
So, here goes…A dear friend of mine, Sarah of Picturing Extraordinary, and I have been invited to have an art show of our photography! This is a fabulous opportunity and I can’t quite believe it has come our way. The show will be at a local community theatre where our work will be displayed for the entire run of a play in January and into February. We get to host an opening night reception, and will be inviting everyone we know (and everyone they know!) to come see our photography. Incredible. And really good, right?
And so if it’s really good, why the secretiveness? Why the vulnerability? Having a show of my work, telling you about it, inviting people to the opening, putting prices on my photographs…all of that makes this creative journey very real. January 21, 2011 will become a day that I unabashedly declare myself a photographer. And that feels, well, vulnerable. It calls forth those imposter demons. It heralds the whispering questions like, “who do you think you are?” and, “that seems awfully fast — do you think you’re really ready for a show?” It brings up fears that people won’t like my work. Above all, it puts me out there in an authentic and honest way, in a space where I’m allowing any and all to see a part of me. Yes, they will be looking at my photographs, but my photographs tell my story. They reflect who I am.
But…I’m ready. I like where this creative journey is taking me. I like my photographs. I like what they say about who I am. And I want to share them with you (if only you all could come!) and anyone else who wants to take a look. And that is all that matters. Just be true.