I have just returned from the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico where I attended ‘Review Santa Fe’, the premier juried portfolio review event for photographers worldwide. The review was held in a beautiful old monastery with a courtyard where the photographers could gather and share.
I was honored to have the opportunity to meet some of the industry’s leading professionals and hear their comments about my work. Several of the reviewers will be valuable resources as I continue expanding my reach.
The purpose of the Review was to facilitate relationships between photographers and industry professionals. Over the course of the three-day event, I spoke to ten reviewers and learned a lot about new venues that might be appropriate for my images such as galleries, magazines and book jacket design.
On the second night, the public was invited to a portfolio viewing including all 100 participating photographers. I enjoyed talking with my neighbor at the viewing table, Alejandro Cartagena, about his fascinating project called ‘Car Poolers’.
The event also included a reception at the New Mexico Museum of Art, a reception at Photo-eye Books and Prints, and an educational photographic seminar. It was interesting to see the direction that others are taking with their work and to exchange stories about our shared and sometimes varied experiences as photographers.
I had a variety of responses to my work and left with a clearer sense of my direction as a artist. I would like to thank the CENTER staff for a well-organized event and for giving me the opportunity to meet with top industry professionals and other photographers.