Pictures at an Exhibition

Yesterday I posted this photo on Facebook of myself showing many of the new images I recently printed and hung in the halls at my newspaper. Cue Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition…

Your host turns up the welcome vibe in the entry hall at The Ada News.
Your host turns up the welcome vibe in the entry hall at The Ada News.

Props to our Publisher Amy Johns for facilitating getting these big prints made.

One Facebooker asked me how I go about picking images for such a display, and the answer is one I have always stressed when teaching: ruthless editing.

One reason I photographed myself yesterday was that I dressed up. My tie has little cameras on it.
One reason I photographed myself yesterday was that I dressed up. My tie has little cameras on it.

Like all of us in the 21st century, I make a lot of pictures. But unlike almost everyone else, I know the value of editing, and how an audience is able to view and enjoy images, and how that comes together to express a message.

These principals were essential as I gathered images for this project, which I am pleased to say is a work in progress. As it stands today, there are 32 new images on the walls, culled from a folder of about 300 images.

The process isn’t easy; over the years I have been privileged to cover thousands of events in our community, and the result is tens of thousands of images. The subset of these images for this project is recent digital color images.

This is also the difficult process we face each year when contest time rolls around.

With that in mind, I decided to challenge myself even farther and get this collection down to just five images, taken from the collection of 32 pieces that are now on the walls. I decided to find an image that represents each broad class of photography: portrait, sports, spot news, feature, and nature.

Portrait: Back to School Kids
Portrait: Back to School Kids
Sports: Softball Celebration
Sports: Softball Celebration
Spot News: Fire in a Snowstorm
Spot News: Fire in a Snowstorm
Feature: AdaFest Girls
Feature: AdaFest Girls
Nature: Waterfall in the Park
Nature: Waterfall in the Park
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5 Comments

  1. Bad-ass photography skills on display here. I would love to see it in person. I’m sure the large prints are spectacular. As always, an inspiration. Not sure about the tie, though.

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  2. No one should say “I am a photographer” without committing themselves to a requisite measure of time on “ruthless” edits as these walls demonstrate.

    I look forward to seeing these prints in person.

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