The artist was present, she is present... she is a present... she's a gift!
I wasn't the only one participating in the #100daysproject here in little old Victoria, BC. My friend Betty-Ann Lampman who is a stinkin' great artist and designer was too. (We're big fans of B.A. in our house... we have her collage, "Losing Game" on our bedroom wall, right under our tv so we can say goodnight to it every night.)
Based on the photographs by Marco Anelli as part of the documentary, The Artist is Present, (available locally at Pic A Flic Video) she created black and white paintings of 100 of the faces who appeared across from performance artist, Marina Abromović.
Betty-Ann knocked this project out of the park, she killed it, she gave it the 'what for'.
The local paper interviewed her HERE. She even had one of the subjects contact her to see if he could buy his portrait.
Anyway, she was nice enough to let me come over to her beautiful home and photograph her with a bunch of her original pieces scattered about her living room... she was just so patient while I had her holding poses and laying around on her hardwood floors. And at the end of it, she was looking forward to putting all the pieces back into their portfolios into the order in which she made them. Did I mention she was patient?
B.A.'s going to have a show in October 2015 at the Martin Batchelor Gallery in Victoria, so you should definitely check it out.
To see these pieces in person - all 100 of them - is truly magical.
I like to wander along my own photography path, going where I feel and photographing subjects and stories that I'm curious about or offer some sort of inspiration. But when I saw the link shared by the super-talented B.A. Lampman, something about it resonated with me. Discipline. Something I'm lacking when it comes to my art.
Taking a great photograph and sharing it gets a bit of instant gratification, but it's superseded in short order by the next great photograph, then the next one and so on. But with a head chock full of ideas, the only way I'm going to get them out and see if any are worth bringing to fruition, is by having discipline.
So begins #the100dayproject.
An opportunity to work on my art with regularity and have someone to answer to: me. By publicly sharing my participation, I'm in... if I bail, I'll be forever shamed (in my own mind).
I had to come up with a theme to focus on, so when I finally decided on it, I thought "great, this is totally different for me". This theme will be a departure from what I usually photograph. But then as I ruminated on it I realized it's not so far off. But I'm going to stick with it. Because keeping with something I'm familiar with will lessen the stress and pressure of the discipline.
So, DISCARDED it is.
From April 6th to July 14.
I've created a page on my site HERE to keep all the photographs together, but in the meantime, I will share them on my blog and/or instagram and/or facebook as well... all will have the hashtags #the100dayproject & #100daysofdiscarded
Let's see where it goes.
facebook: wendy nesbitt [photographs]
For more info on the 100-Day Project, visit: https://thegreatdiscontent.com/interview/elle-luna-100-day-project