The past several weeks have been somewhat of a blur, as they led up to my first solo show which opened last Thursday (5/24) in Mexico City at the lovely, two-story Torre del Reloj gallery. The process is eerily similar to a play opening, except that there are no other cast members besides me! But I was certainly not alone in this venture, and received the support of over 20 sponsors and patrons.
Offhand, I would say the opening was a success – over 120 people came, and I sold 3 images opening night. Proceeds from one of those sales are being donated to a children’s charity, who will be further promoting my work and the show.
I flew down there a week before to help with the promotion; my publicist had 3 radio interviews lined up, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who had come to the opening because of those interviews. Interviews will also be printed in several magazines, including Caras, and one of my images was chosen for the cover of the June issue of Estilo – all extraordinary placements considering my relatively unknown status. As my goal for this show was to introduce me and my work, landing column space and cover placement on widely read fashion magazines will certainly help. I may also be receiving a review from Cuarto Oscuro, the leading photography magazine in Mexico.
As with all new adventures and endeavors, there were many lessons learned – some major, some just for tweaking future efforts. I am humbled by the support and attention I have received, even as I now turn my attention to the next project looming on the near horizon: the opening of my show for the Mojave artist-in-residence program, Saturday, June 23.
More images here.