It felt great for a few days telling family and friends "by the way, two of my photos are going to be in a photography exhibit..." but then I had to get my photos developed and framed, something I'd never done before. I sent my photos to Hawaii Pacific Photo and the results were pretty good, especially considering these images were taken with my phone, and the price was good for archival quality prints, a little over $20. Then I went to Art Source & Designs, one of the best places on O'ahu to have art framed. I found out quickly that framing costs a small fortune. What really blew me away was the cost for different types of glass. Regular glass is expensive, but art glass and especially museum glass (which have different levels of UV protection and are less reflective) cost way more than I expected. I went with the art glass and ended up paying more than $250 for framing both photos, even after getting a 25% discount. Such is the price of vanity, I suppose. This is not a knock on Art Source & Designs. They did a superb job. I've read more about this and I realize now that framing is a huge expense if you're doing art photography. This was a revelation to me. I asked someone more experienced than me what I might ask for my photos and they suggested a price uncomfortably close to what I'd paid for developing and framing. I comforted myself with the thought that if I sold both photos, I'd make enough to take my wife to McDonald's.
The artists' reception at Marks Garage in Chinatown was a great experience, and hats off to Susan Horowitz of Pacific New Media and David Ulrich, the Exhibit Coordinator, for doing such a superb job of designing the layout for the exhibit and making all of us feel so welcome. I went with my wife and we enjoyed getting to see all of the photos and meeting many of the photographers. Some of the best photographers in the state were there, and I enjoyed finding out more about their approach to taking photos. I felt very lucky to be in the show at all and tried to stay as far away from my photos as possible. Hopefully they'll forgive me for that. Below are a few photos I took at the reception. How can you not take photos at a photography exhibit? When someone asked me what I was doing, I said, "I'm working on next year's submissions!"