Saturday, May 1, 2010

Schoolhouse Gallery

by Jen Paulousky of Blue Alvarez Designs

This past weekend my boyfriend and I visited The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA. We had been there at Thanksgiving and met the gallery owner, Mike Carroll. He was so personable and enthusiastic about photography, showing us some of Amy Arbus' work at the time, which was just incredible.

Jonathan, my boyfriend, stayed in touch with Mike and was fortunate to be able to arrange a critique of his own work on this visit. Here are a few examples of the pieces he brought for review:

Mike's over-arching advice for taking photography work to the next level was to keep control of your subjects and make sure you control the shoot creatively, that you have a clear vision to accomplish and put all of yourself into doing it. He also felt context was very important, and that even in detail or closely framed shots, allowing the background or surroundings to give context to the main subject really improved the impact of the photo.

It was really interesting for me, as someone whose primary media isn't photography, and
Jonathan came away from the hour he spent there feeling very inspired and ready to make some changes consistent with his own vision.

We definitely recommend a visit to
The Schoolhouse Gallery whenever you're in Provincetown, Mike keeps the work there thought-provoking and original.

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