Photos by: Damien
Crown: Etsy (Honeypie)
I found these photos on my computer last night. I must have forgotten to upload them before I left for Penland cause I'm pretty sure I wore this outfit in June. Whoops!
Penland was seriously the best. It was just what I needed. I was a little worried about being away from home for so long, but it was absolutely great. I kind of feel bad for not missing home or feeling homesick at all. It was truly the best experience ever.
While I was there, I met some really great people and I made some really cool things. The class I took was wet plate collodion, but I'll get more into what exactly that is in a later post. My main goal for attending Penland was to learn the wet plate process. I didn't realize that I was going to walk away with a whole new body of work. I'm still kind of in shock about it all.
I've struggled with focusing on making art ever since I graduated from ASU two years ago. During undergrad, I was very driven. I was constantly working on a new project and getting my artwork shown, but since I've graduated, I've been spending most of my time working to make a living! This blog is my only creative outlet. I need more!!
It was easy to stay focused at Penland, where I had no distractions. I worked 2 - 3 hours a day on campus, as a work-study student (I'll get more into the work-study program in a later post), but other than that, I didn't really have any responsibilities. I was able to dedicate each day to learning wet plate and making artwork. I dream of going back! And I will. Hopefully sooner than later.
I'm excited to share my work with everyone. As soon as I have it all scanned, I will post it here for you all to see. I focused on making portraits while I was at Penland and I'm really glad I did. I photographed some of my favorite people. I didn't get to photograph everyone that I wanted, but I'm really glad that I went that route, as opposed to making landscapes or still lifes. The people I photographed were all important to me and my journey at Penland.