This past weekend I registered for a February 23rd portfolio review at the Bronx Documentary Center, which is located in the HUB section of the Bronx just east of 149th Street.
I went to my first portfolio review one evening back in 2009 at the School at International Center of Photography. Reviews were being offered as part of an open house event for photographers interested in enrolling in courses there. I remember that the gentleman, who looked at my work, was impressed by its scope and content but he encouraged me to purchase a DSLR camera – so that the quality of my images would be significantly better – and then, to reshoot many of those same subjects. At the time, I was using my 6 megapixel point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot A700. His recommendation was perhaps the greatest takeaway for me. While it was some time before I was able to upgrade my gear, it marked a significant step forward in my photographic development.
So, this brings me to this coming Saturday. I learned about the Bronx Documentary Center a few months ago and have been reading about some of the wonderful work and exhibitions that it has been involved in. I have been waiting for the right moment to check it out and introduce myself. Therefore, this portfolio review couldn’t have come at a better time. On Saturday, I will have the opportunity to meet and share samples of my work with well-seasoned professional photographers and editors from The New York Times, Getty Images, The New Yorker, Newsweek, and other preeminent organizations. As a Bronx artist who is yearning to gauge whatever potential interest there may be in my Harlem River Valley project, I’m hopeful that my review with this local audience will turn out to be very productive and instructive.
Now that my website is live finally, I feel ready to begin sharing my work with a larger audience in a more serious way than I have in the past.