For me, the real learning has come from working and looking at other people’s work. — Steve McCurry, June 2004 in Kodak newsletter.
On Saturday, I attended a gallery opening for James Dusel, Echoes of Rome, at the Full Circle Gallery. Mr. Dusel’s presented works were silver gelatin or paladiotype prints of architectural images from Italy, but other places as well, including Baltimore. They were all excellent images, although not generally in my area of interest. However, attending gallery openings is critical to see others’ work, meet the local community, and provide opportunities to network with gallery owners and managers. In addition to enjoying the artwork, conversation with other artists and photographers, I now have an opportunity to follow up with the gallery manager with my own work. A truly excellent afternoon, even if I couldn’t afford a purchase.