What a whirlwind the last 4 weeks have been (I guess this is another way of saying to my loyal readers that it has been so busy and that’s why the blog has been very silent”.
In July this year I was asked to become a RAW artist and showcase at their September event called BOLD. I was honoured to be given this opportunity and couldn’t wait for September to officially be part of the world wide RAW family. At first when you decide to “put yourself out there” it is all exciting and you get stuck into the preparation, ticking things off the to do list you feel you are cruising along and on track. Then comes the photo selection and that part of the experience hit me like a tonne of bricks, what do I include in the selection?, what photos are “good enough”? after all I am putting it all out there, to be judged by both the public and fellow photography peers.
After some sleepless nights, endless photo folders, culling, regrouping and many test prints later my final prints were chosen. I must add that during this lead up process I could not made it to the night without my husband (Ben), my mentor (Sheryn) and the team at INK FX who not only had to deal with the many phone calls and questions but asked to rush prints. I do recall my husband at some time mumbling under his breath, “that he couldn’t wait till Thursday 24th”, forget bridezilla I guess me being me I wanted perfection and almost drove all persons around my crazy.
Before I knew it the day was here, this occasion called for a special outfit and very special hair do (from my wonderful friend of over 20 years and amazing hairdresser, Michelle Red) we head off to the venue to get everything set up. On arriving we unload and “check in” and find my wall space. Just after arriving the event photographer introduced herself and off I went to get my official headshots done (now I’m feeling like an artist on the red carpet). It took us about an hour to set up my display and tweek a few things. I am now ready to greet the world and present, Kassy Solomon and Solo Images Photography at RAW.
During the RAW event I met and spoke with some wonderful people including my local Mudgeeraba Councillor, Glenn Tozer and his stunning wife Melissa, they were so warm and friendly and we chatted for some time, Melissa was taken with my Love photo and gave me a few alternative creative ideas to try. As the night went on I was humbled to see many of my friends who took time out of their schedule to come, show their support and say hi. I really can’t properly express in words just how much all this support means to me, apart from family it is these moments within your life that you know you are truly grateful and blessed to be alive. To top of the evening and a surprise was my brother came from the Sunshine Coast to the event to show his love and support, I know now he is without doubt of just how talented his little sis is 🙂
In summary there was a huge positive reaction from all guests who stopped by and admired my work. I believe the most talked about and liked photos were “Love”, “Wetland Wonders” and “Purple Sunrise”. During the night one person commented to me standing in front of my “Purple Sunrise” and asked who was the artist, they mistook this canvas for a painting – it was almost to hard to believe it was a photo. That was the icing on the cake.
RAW, a magical experience, well worth it. You never know I might be back for a second time 🙂
PS there is a few limited edition canvases still available to purchase please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Until next week.