The Wish You Were Here exhibition opens October first at the Speos Gallery in Paris! Yes Paris! It is every artists dream to be in an exhibition in Paris, so I decided to pack my things and go. I will help hang the exhibition on September 30, and stay through the week with some of the amazing woman photographers in the WYWH project.
I have to say that I am quite nervous. Nervous to fly alone, nervous to find my way from the airport to the AirBnB that I will be sharing with Chloe Lodge, nervous to leave all that I do here at home for Chris to deal with, my list of fears goes on and on….. I can’t wait to be there, but the journey seems very anxiety producing. And though I have never flown alone, nor can I speak a word of French, I am going to put on my big girl pants and go.
If you are not farmilur with the Wish You Were Here Project, we are a group of female photographers from all over the world who met through mutual workshops and friendships. Each week we each submit an image that we feel represents our week. Then we blog the images, with each image flowing into the next. The connections can be subtle or obvious, but we always aim for a flow from one image to the next. It is the highlight of my week to see what is happening in the lives and homes of this collection of talented woman photographers!
You can see my post with images from week 1-25 in an earlier blog post here. I am posting weeks 26-39, I imagine week 40 will be filled with images of our time in Paris, but for now, we see the turning of spring into summer, and then slowly we will change to Autumn images.
I keep all of my Wish You Were Here submissions in a folder, so I can easily see them all and analyze my work. So far this year I have only two black and white images, while some years my folder is full of black and white. But this is a colorful year for me I guess. Twenty Six of my weekly submissions were created using Lensbaby lenses, while only two were created with actual film leaving the remaining straight images created with a “normal” lens . I love data, I think the difference in the images I submit year to year, are so interesting!
You can follow along with this amazing, and long running, project on the Wish You Were Here Blog. As each image flows into the next, I love to look at each week to find what that week’s curator saw as the connections between one image and the next. Some weeks have more submissions than other weeks, but I have not missed a week in the 6 years we have been doing this project. I am going for the Perfect Attendance Award that I never got in school!