A gallery showing in the mountains

 Image 1: Reflection

Image 1: Reflection

Today marks the end of Camp Go Away, the sleep-away photography camp in Big Indian Springs, New York. Four days ago, we arrived to a giant white dollhouse in the woods with an interesting history; apparently the property was home to a ballet boarding school in the 1960s and remnants from its past life still linger – like the tags on the backstage theater walls (yes, there is a theater) with names and years like "Jocelyne '61" and "Debbie '66."

Aside from being an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded creatives and learn new techniques, the week culminated in a gallery showing of everyone's individual projects. You may remember from my last blog post that I was nervous about selecting a project. Well, it didn't get much better when I learned that many of the other campers had very clear ideas for their own. I ended up drawing inspiration from the house and surrounding nature, particularly the way light and reflection added interest and dimension to the objects around me. In the end, I chose three of the images I captured to be hung for the gallery showing.

 Image 2: Self-portrait

Image 2: Self-portrait

When we headed out to the porch this morning to view everyone's printed projects, I was overwhelmed with emotion; first, I'd never seen my work printed to 17" x 22" before. But the real source of feeling was viewing the work of all of the talented artists I'd come to know over the course of the week. It was such a cool experience!

When you get a bunch of artists together, it's easy to breed a competitive vibe, but seeing the fruits of everyone's labor served to highlight the unique perspective (and talent) of each camper. Instead of competition, there was an enormous feeling of unity and inspiration.

 Image 3: Welcome to the Dollhouse

Image 3: Welcome to the Dollhouse

As Kyle and I drove down the long driveway away from the dollhouse, we talked about how thankful we were to have had the opportunity to attend camp. We pushed ourselves, learned so much, and formed new friendships. Now to get these prints framed...

Stay tuned for details about Kyle's project...