Self-Portrait: An artist viewing art

Self-Portrait: An artist viewing art

From the self-portrait above it’s obvious I was in quite the “alternative art” mood. But, being at my third art exposition for the night, I couldn’t help it. Saturday was a whirlwind of creative stimulation. First, the “Laberinto de Miradas. Colectivos Fotográficos en Iberoamérca” exposition at the Centro Cultural de España. Next, the grand opening of El Carmen Galería de Arte. Finally, Bill Ipsan’s urban art presentation in Hotel Casa Santo Domingo.

As a photographer myself, all this art most absolutely stoked the flames of my own creative fire. Charged with inspiration, I couldn’t take my hand off the shutter all night. Even though most of the time the light was terrible, I still had to try every idea that flashed through my mind. For me, viewing others’ art makes me feel as if my own creativity is free to be well… more free. Witnessing the work of someone who took a risk to express themselves – sometimes in a most vulnerable way, gives me a confidence-boost to do the same.

Thus, this self-portrait of me viewing a series of portraits of autistic children is one of the results of my “shutter-binge” Saturday night.

text and photo by Laura McNamara

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  • Excellent series! Excellent project(s)! Michele took the words out of my mouth when she mentioned Toronto’s Nuit Blanche… I missed it, however, I did attended a smaller event near my house called just Art Walk The nice thing about it is that usual businesses (gas stations, paint shops, veterinarians offices) became art galleries. I can see sculptures on the tiendas in LAG or paintings on the cafeteria where you get your licuado, can’t you?
    Nice pic btw Laura.

    • Thanks Manolo… the cool thing about LAG is there already are tons of sculptures in tiendas and art all over the little cafes… that’s the point of ArteAntigua… to show all this to a global audience. And in the town where I grew up we have an Art Walk to… exactly a vision of ArteAntigua!!

      Thanks for your input!

  • Stunning work indeed!!!!!! Ah, so much art around and right now I am just missing it… And then, talk about poetry in your work!!!! Great!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;O) ;O) ;O)

  • @Laura, excellent self-portrait—very creative!

  • Eric

    I second Sr. Giron … excellent “photo of me taking a photo of me”, with just enough exposure of the portraits in the exhibit. Nicely done ! Carry On !

  • Thanks Arturo… we miss you… come back!

  • Thanks Rudy and Eric!

  • Tomorrow Saturday, let me know what you all doin’, ;O) See you!!!