On Friday I, Marco and my youngest daughter drove down to Umbertide in Umbria for the opening of my exhibition at the Galleria Grefti. Well before going there we dropped off our things in Montone where we stayed with the best of friends, Judith and Jeff in their fantastic house, boy am I envious of that house! Umbria is a very beautiful region and the day after the opening, we did a detour and visited Gubbio, I'm sadly ignorant when it comes to Umbria.
But back to the opening, all I can say is that there were lots of people, the gallery was full for most of the time, and many of them wanted to talk about the photos which obviously felt fantastic! On the 25th I will go down again to the gallery to talk about what I do, the thoughts behind the different series and answer questions, I'm looking forward to that. I don't really know what else to say about it than that it was a wonderful evening with friends, old and new so I leave you with a few photos. The exhibition is going on until October 1.
Photos courtesy Alice Beretta and Marco Beretta.
August 13 to October 1. Those are the dates of my upcoming exhibition at Galleria Grefti in Umbertide in Umbria. What can I say more than that I'm really happy about this because I have been working towards it now for a few years and to get the opportunity to do a solo show and to feel that I'm ready for it, that my images are ready to be shown is a good feeling. I'm well aware of that what I photograph and how I do it isn't leaning on any trends, I'm not out there among the people who are seen and admired but if I were it wouldn't be me. I need to do what feels right and honest towards myself and consequently the rest of the world. I have been preoccupied with honesty since I was a small girl, my parents used to tell me how I nitpicked on what they were saying from an early age and I can imagine how boring that must have been. But honesty is very important to me (ask my children), it sure doesn't make life easier to live but at least I know I will not regret too many things when I'm about to die. Anyway, I have had a solo exhibition before but that was of single photos without any pretentions of being fine arts photography, now I have put my heart, soul and a lot of thoughts into my work and it feels so right.
Last week I met up with Joe and Francesco, the gallery owners, to discuss a few details. Two exquisite persons with a genuine interest in art with whom it is a pleasure to work and no I don't think they are reading this, it is exactly how I feel. Next week I need to prepare the photos for printing, I still need to find the right paper for one of the series but three series out of four will be printed on Hahnemühle Museum so that part of the preparations is almost done. I'm having the prints done by Center Chrome in Calenzano near Florence and the framing by a local framer.
It was time to go out and shoot with my 'faulty' camera and apply what I was talking about in my last blog post. I was curious to test how well I know it and if I would be able to get what I want from the camera. After all it is a tool to use. To be honest I found it quite relaxing not to be able to check the photo after taking it but only depend on what I know which turned out to be quite a lot. Furthermore, I didn't take as many photos as I would have done if the LCD screen worked because I was far more careful to look at the motif through the camera lens and actually see whether it was worth a photo or not. Sure, I have done a bit of post production on some of the photos in order to achieve the idea I had when I took them.