Back in early July I was a participating artist at a gallery show at Studio Boise Photography Center.
They hosted “Idaho Places, Idaho Faces,” their 2nd annual photography contest AND! Studio Boise was celebrating their 1st year as a business.
Everyone who joined for the gallery opening was given one token to vote for one photograph. The winner would receive a $1k cash prize! Runner up would receive free studio rental time. As the night went on and the votes came in, we all chit chatted and drank and admired the photographs. At the end of the night the votes were counted. I stood among my wife, family and friends. Then…the winner was announced and I heard my name. WHAT?! I kissed my wife and walked up to where the studio owners were standing, all while fashioning the giddiest of grins. Celebration ensued and hugging of my dear friends and omg moments continued throughout the night and several days after.
This event was the start of me believing in myself as an artist again. By believing in myself, I’ve had the confidence to put myself out there as an artist more than I ever have. Following that night, I have been involved in so many more art opportunities and have been invited to join an Art Collective here in Boise! (More to come on that later!)
Who would have thought that by going on a walk with my camera and photographing one lone goose, that it would be a key element in helping guide me back to art and helping me build my confidence again as an artist.
City of Geese
“I felt lucky meeting one of Boise’s many geese as I strolled through the Boise Depot. As I slowly approached and lifted my camera, this curious goose walked a few steps closer then paused and looked right at me, as if posing for the shot. I walked away that day with a new favorite photo.” -Emily Hanigan
Cheers to art.
Cheers to supportive loved ones.
Cheers to community love.
Cheers to getting your make on.