I’m not one to toot my own horn. Sometimes I wish I were because the fact is horn tooters get more attention than we quiet types. But with the current economic climate I’m trying to get better at marketing myself, and admittedly this blog is one of those endeavors. I also recently met with a local promoter of fine art photography in an effort to bolster that aspect of my work. Heather Frederick at VoxPhotographs is a champion of some amazingly talented and unique, but mostly unsung (although with her help this is changing), Maine fine art photographers. She also has an innovative business model that just may be the art gallery archetype of the future: a 24/7 online gallery, an appointment-only physical gallery and invitation-only exhibits in her lovely loft space in Portland. Everyone has their own taste when it comes to art and I certainly don’t expect everybody to love my art, but on the occasion that I connect with truly enthusiastic, like-minded people, I’m given renewed hope and motivation. Heather proved to be one of these people and I’m thrilled and honored that she has tooted a horn for me on her blog. She is particularly passionate about my darkroom-printed black-and-white pinhole images, which sort of fell by the wayside as I became captivated by color and the relative ease of inkjet printing. But I’ve always felt more attached to them than to any of my other work. I think I just needed the validation that they are indeed something special. Now that I have that validation, expect to see more of this type of work from me in the future, even if it means heading back into the dreaded darkroom! I feel the same way the landscape photographer Robert Adams does on this matter. He writes in Why People Photograph, “Darkroom work had, after all, never interested me except as a means to an end; the place I wanted to be was outside in the light.” Despite the advances in digital printing though, to me there is still nothing like a print made in the darkroom. I look at my boxes of work that came to being that way and they have an unparalleled depth, texture and beauty. It’s a little frightening to think that darkroom prints are now considered an historic process! This makes them that much more appealing to me and if I need to sacrifice a few days of light now and then to resurrect them, I think it will be worth it.