On show.

Vicki McLeod, photographer, Mallorca

I think if you are going to set a good example to your kids you have to lead the way. One of the things I want my daughter to absorb and embrace is the idea that we continually learn throughout our lives, we have the chance to change again and again.  Sometimes we can become interested in something which we didn’t think we would ever be able to do, and then by chipping away and finding people who can help you to achieve a goal, you get there.  This is how I have come to find myself with some of the skills and knowledge it takes to become a photographer. I love to look at images and I sometimes would have a lucky break and be able to take a good shot on a camera, but only in the past year or so have I really developed into someone who could describe herself as a photographer.

On Thursday night (tonight) in my home village of S’arracó at the Night of Art I am exhibiting some of my photographs. I’ve been learning how to take photographs with the help of my brilliant teacher Diana Hirsch (www.photoclasses.eu) who has taken me from enthusiastic amateur who doesn’t know what the buttons do on the camera, to someone who has now started taking photos as part of her job. And my very hard working hubbie (who does take photos for his job) who has had to endure me asking questions about shutter speeds and apertures, and then only half understanding his replies so I will then have to start all over again.  And the encouragement of people like Dilip, the editor for the Euro Weekly who probably didn’t realise how much his nods of “that’s a good shot” meant to me.

My photos are part of a series of images which I am trying to build over time. I’ve decided to call it “Tribes” because each group in the series is about a certain group of people and their rituals, beliefs, and celebrations. The ones that I will exhibit on Thursday night are an affectionate and intimate look at the inside world of competitive bodybuilding. I was very lucky to be invited by a friend of mine to attend a bodybuilding competition in Alcudia where I was given free rein to shoot photos backstage.

Is it art though? I guess that is in the eye of the beholder. I will be joining many other people as they put their work out for inspection on Thursday evening. The whole event is free to enjoy and is SO enjoyable, I really hope to see you there. It’s strangely nerve wracking though, will people like what I’ve done, will they understand why, will my daughter?  Will she just roll her eyes, in this new way that she has, and decry loudly that her mother is embarrassing her? Maybe I shouldn’t care either way.

We will be exhibiting in the playground near to the square, and I will be proudly putting my own work up beside my husband’s. You can see more information about the Night of Art at http://nitdelartdesarraco.blogspot.com.es well done to all of the artists and to the organiser of the event, Claire Lavriller for her patience and determination.

 

Vicki McLeod

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