Two years ago, Seattle Artist Tom Fallat and I decided it was finally time to start going through his MANY wonderful artistic photos, and select a set of candidate best images. We have seriously talked about doing this for ten years, not as a pipe dream but a real plan to be executed at the proper time. Truth be told, this was not 5 or 6,000 images, but–as least as yet, will increase in next few weeks, more like 40,285. And we have now gone through 38,666 of them with 2,619 remaining.
I’d like to be done the first pass in the next four sessions, but really, there is no hurry, but just my wish. We have never hurried. Sometimes you HAVE to stop and savor an image, and if you are not doing so then probably not doing your job correctly.
While we did work on this a little bit in the spring of 2013, we really didn’t make it a regular thing until a clear year later, starting for good in the spring of 2014, so its been about 16 months, with outage for Tom now and again being away socially or on wilderness hikes, this means we have processed about 40k photos in about 70 meetings. We have till recently been meeting every Thursday, at eight pm, for about 75 minutes, so that’s about 550 images weekly. We stick to it and its a standing appointment.
We share the files on TeamViewer, a great tool. So far there are 203 images ranked five star, 5* and 1,223 ranked four star, 4*. I am curating these images, by evaluating image quality, motif, color, pattern, richness, evocation. Tom of course joins in, but allows me to take the lead. He is certainly not passive, but likes to sit back and let it roll, trusting my eye if not visual memory. Click, click we go. I admit, given my extensive training as an architect, not to mention having been designing buildings since age ten, I have a good eye. Besides having had color training, I have studied the ‘old masters’, including even copying Leonardo da Vinci anatomical drawings, and have done stints in both occidental and asian calligraphy, under two masters, extensively.
But quickly let’s put the light back on Tom. He is a real artist. A true, genuine artist, and have met many. He is the single most creative person I know on planet earth, and I say this as one already very highly creative myself. It’s how I am wired. Besides teaching recording and audio at The Art Institute of Seattle, he is an accomplished percussionist, a composer, has done movie scores, and is an accomplished athlete and alpinist, writes poetry, has done psychic reading professionally (he is good!). He owns and operates his own digital studio for sound and recording. He plays the xylophone, the piano, the tabla (has a teacher), has performed celtic music, and was a long time member of Gamelan Pacifica (cum Bali). He does more than that, believe you me.
Of course this has a destination, and when get get to the end and have what will be about 1,600 really quality images, less 200 or so that are marked among those to share with others for more personal rather than straight artistic reasons, gets us to about 1,400.
From those, I am most confident we can filter this down to 400 really great images, and from THOSE, 80 incredibly great works of art and human expression. How can we NOT find 40 images, suitable for a website, antecedent to getting him a show in the ample art scene, around Pioneer Square Seattle? It is a near certainty we can get to this level. If we cannot, then it just means art is about marketing and packaging rather than great work. You know how it all goes… One step at a time.