Posts

“Be Still” Lands on Nat Geo’s FB Page

 

It was Easter Sunday afternoon and I was sitting on a beach in Florida with my husband and 1,000 other people enjoying the warmth and sunshine when I checked on my Facebook business page. I had several new “likes” and a few comments about a shot of mine they saw on National Geographic’s FB page. “Huh? What shot?” I thought to myself. I headed over to NG’s page and there it was, this image, featured on their facebook page with a few thousand “likes” and a couple of hundred comments. It had only been posted for about one hour.  24 hours later, there had been 21,000+ likes, 4,000+ shares and 1000+ comments, a huge spike in visits to my web site and a big increase in followers on my FB page. I was just blown away! So how did it all happen? Since I have been asked this question a number of times, I thought I would blog about it as well. A friend of mine and an outstanding photographer/journalist, Robyn Gianni, had one of her images featured on NG’s Photo of the Day. She told me about their submission process so I decided to give it a go. I set up an account for the “My Shot” submissions in January and began submitting one image a month, the main requirement.  My first image, seen below, was selected later that month as a pick for the Daily Dozen. In March, I submitted “Be Still” and it too was selected for the Daily Dozen feature which, in both cases, has been a big thrill. On April 8th, someone working at National Geographic decided to post “Be Still” on their FB page. When you think about how many images they must see in a day, I feel incredibly honored to have had them showcase not only one, but two images. I have also had the pleasure of conversing with people from all over the world because of this exposure and I cannot thank National Geographic enough!

 

Show Preparations

 

Today I am hanging nine images at The Southern Vermont Arts Center in preparations for a solo show, tittled Unforeseen Equine, that opens on July 23rd in Manchester, Vermont, and I can honestly say the last two months of preparations have been incredibly stressful. This is not my first show but it is the first show in which I have stepped out of my comfort zone in how I present my images thus making every step beyond the choosing of the images unfamiliar. I worked with a well known lab in New York City, Duggal Visual Solutions, traveling back and forth to check on the various steps of producing a finished piece. Six of the nine images are being displayed using what is known as a Gallery Plexiglas mount, used extensively by artists, but just not me. The image is face mounted onto 1/4″ plexiglas and backed with sintra (material compound) board with a ¾”wood brace secured to the back. The wood brace elevates the image off the wall, creating a floating appearance. It is a very contemporary presentation but one that I love as there is nothing but the image to look at. No mat, no frame. With all the steps but one behind me, I will be breathing a bit easier at the end of today. There is an artist reception on the 23rd from 2-4 pm and if you find yourself in the neighbourhood, please stop in and say hi.

Winter Look

Looking Back