I had my advisor meeting on Tuesday and I had some strong work to show him. I had gone back to stepford for a birthday lunch for kitten and I forced everyone to go outside and hand model for me for my first "assignment". It's a reaction series to Raymond Carver's short story Cathedral. I'm photographing the hands of people touching each other. First peanut and wild mom went and they did all kinds of crazy rough things to each other. I snapped away. Then glory and kitten went and they were very timid so I had to move their hands into different positions for them, but the mix was great. Everything came through in the photos so I got a real variety of tough and tender and even the sun cooperated by changing and giving me different lighting conditions through the short shoot. When I sat down with my work I was so pleased and so was my advisor. He said "I get happy every time I open your work files because you just get better and better." I'm freaking ecstatic.
He has given me a lot of technical advice which is easy to follow (why wouldn't I?). And I can feel myself loosening up and bring freer behind the camera. It's working for me. I'm so happy. I feel like I've made big strides in the few months into this program and there is so much more to go!
I submitted this first project today. It's been exciting to see the work of my classmates. I wish I could have been more aware of their process but that is the payoff of this "low residency" program. We get tons of private time with the faculty but not the communal time with the other students. It's all good though. I'm thrilled to be a part of this program. I'm looking forward to the rest of the ride.