You Decide…Be My Exhibition Curator!

Do you want to be the curator for my next photography exhibition?

Taking a rest for a bit from writing Indonesian travel articles and trying something new as would like to start organising another photography exhibition.

Photography exhibition, B&W, architecture, Italy, Calabria, Europe

What do you like to see at a photography exhibition?

My last photography exhibition – Image Earth Faces, hosted by the beautiful Erika from Piano B – Event Project Management – was pre-COVID in 2018, I could not have asked for a better space in the stunning Medieval venue of Palazzo Sersale in the village of Cerisano, Calabria in Southern Italy.

Looking to get a new portfolio together for my future exhibition and need your help to decide on a plethora of decisions to make:

Choose a theme

  • Street?
  • Portrait?
  • Landscape?
  • Candid?
  • Urban exploration?
  • Abstract and Conceptual
  • Street art?
  • Travel?
  • Castles?
  • Country or continent?
  • Social issues?

Choose a Medium

  • Black & White?
  • Colour?
  • Frames? Frameless glass?
  • Canvas?
  • Acrylic?
  • Foamboard?

Choose more…

  • The number of photos?
  • Size of photos to exhibit?
  • Orientation (landscape or portrait)?

I’m starting with my favourite medium – Black & White – so including two photos as possible to use but need your help to decide.

Which one of these photos do you think would suit an exhibition?

Altilia, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Altilia, Calabria
Old town, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Cosenza, Calabria

Do you have a better suggestion? Check out more of my work on Nilla’s Photography or Image Earth Travel and help me decide.

Be my curator and help me decide as I always have a mental block when choosing photos!


Nilla 🙂

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35 responses to “You Decide…Be My Exhibition Curator!”

  1. equinoxio21 Avatar

    difficult choice. Cosenza. Why don’t you mix B&W and colour? Make every photo so different form the other that the viewer will hav to constantly adjust and focus.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Wow, that’s an interesting viewpoint. I’ve been told not to mix mediums but I tend to agree with you and have done in a couple of exhibitions. Colour with B&W, landscape with portraitures, etc. For me, I think this makes the exhibition more interesting.
      Thanks for the great feedback!

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        The exception makes the rule? My mother taught me that when I was 6 or 7. It didn’t make sense to me. But then it did. “Never take a shot from inside a car. True. But I’ve done. Some shots have come great.
        My approach to that is based on my years in Advertising and communication. Ruptures keep the viewers on their toes. They need to reprocess. I very often do that on my posts. mix various stuff.
        When is the expo again? You must be very excited. A presto.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Your mother’s wise words stayed with you for life!
        Interesting terminology “ruptures” – I’ll have to try this and yes, I notice you mix loads of great photos and stories in the one post.
        I haven’t set a date yet as still a lot to organise and it takes me such a long time selecting photos. The reason I thought I’d try something different this time and let my audience decide. 😉
        But, with COVID lockdowns, it’s a little dicey organising too far in advance.
        A dopo amico

      3. equinoxio21 Avatar

        You did notice, right? The way I do it is do 2 or 3 successive selection of pix, until I reach 15-30. 15-20 would be the ideal for me. Then I let the images tell me the story. (As you may know I hear voices, and I will not get therapy. No ma’am. 😉) Filter your pix, with no rush, just whatever pictures draws your eye. Then let the pictures tell you the story… No, I’m not kidding. You show must tell a story. Which one? Neither you nor I know the answer. The images do… 🙏🏻
        A dopo.

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        I notice everything. 😉
        Sounds like an ideal way to write but I’m still busy digitising my travel journals and feel as though I have enough material for the next 10 years!
        A good method to select photos for an exhibition also – may try this…
        Again, I had to salvage your comment from my Trash folder – crazy.

      5. equinoxio21 Avatar

        I seem to live in the Trash folder. (The happiness engineers must have something against me. 🤣)
        Digitising your travel journals (writing and pix?) must be a titanic task… But well worth it.
        Buona sera… Ah. No. Buona giornata…

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        🤣 you do indeed-bizarre!

        It is a mammoth task. Before I left Australia in 2014, I scanned over 4,000 slides and negs. Sadly I didn’t do a great job as I only just bought the scanner and not sure the best settings. At least the small boxes that contained slides also contained a tiny piece of paper with place names that I included decades ago, otherwise who can remember those details!

        I’ve published 27 posts on Indonesia so far but still have Kalimantan to finish! It’s never-ending.

        Buona giornata…

      7. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Kalimantan? Hmmm. Childhood readings.
        As for slides, I keep finding old boxes. A series by my father: Hong-Kong 1957… (treasure hunt…)
        A presto.

      8. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        An amazing island and region of Indonesia but it was back in 1998 and I dare say that it has probably changed.
        Think I mentioned before that my mother was an avid movie taker and relentless photographer of our family events but that was all thrown out when her house was cleaned out for sale after she passed – tragic!
        Wow, how exciting!

      9. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Yes, yes. I seem to remember that. What a shame. I’m halfway through digitalizing my mother’s 8mm movies. about 20 years from 1949 to 1970 from India to Asia to Africa… Titanic. Once I’m done, I’ll start sharing clips…

      10. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Wow, how wonderful! They will be amazing to watch and relive if you feature in the later decade movies.
        Look forward to watching those. 🙂

      11. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Us kids are part of some of the movies, but there are many other aspects. Imagine a film shot in Afghanistan by my father in 1953…

      12. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Sounds amazing! I’m sure he documented local life, which would be fascinating – can’t wait to see a few.
        What was he doing in Afghanistan?

      13. equinoxio21 Avatar

        He was general manager for Air France in Pakistan. Paris headquarters wanted to evaluate the potential of an air liaison from Karachi to Kabul. So he was sent to investigate. And filmed his way around.

      14. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Wow, your family is full of surprises! No wonder you have so many stories to share…
        Looking forward to seeing some of those old movies.

      15. equinoxio21 Avatar

        My family lived in India for two centuries. Servants of the Empire. My little sister was the last one born there.
        Will pick up the task with the old movies. (Had to take a six-months break. Each movie is weeks of work…)
        Cheers “Mate”.

      16. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        So interesting!
        Sometimes it’s good to take a break – I haven’t done that yet.
        Cheers Mate

      17. equinoxio21 Avatar
  2. gillmorris Avatar

    I like both images but the 2nd has more detail and you can see more of the location. Good luck! xx

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Gill
      Thank you for the great feedback!
      Not sure when I’ll organise this for but you know how much work goes into an exhibition so may as well start. 😉
      Nilla x

      1. gillmorris Avatar

        Yes indeed I do. I really want to do another exhibition in my hometown, need to start researching places 🙂 x

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Dot it!A lot of work but also an exciting time. 😉 x

  3. Yetismith Avatar

    Thanks, Nilla. I understand about not wanting to change photographic content. It feels sort of fake to do that. I think it’s just my nostalgia for what once was, you know. I have my Dad’s old black and whites of Angkor with nt a tourist or human sign in sight. I remember being there and I think I couldn’t bear to see it now.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      I’m more of a purist when it comes to photography and I own many film cameras, which I still use but need to get back into processing my own B&W film and printing.

      My DSLR is very heavy and I’ve nicknamed it The Beast. When using this, I change settings to monochrome to take a shot – I don’t convert colour to B&W. What I also do is shoot in Raw+Fine JPG (2 saved files) as the raw file always saves in colour. If you select to shoot a JPG simultaneously, then the camera will store the JPG in B&W if you change settings before shooting. 😉
      Fully understand with regards to Angkor. I first visited in 2004 and there were a lot of tourists but then again in 2014. The volume of tourists had exploded. It was awful but the temples are always magnificent!

  4. Yetismith Avatar

    The only thing about the Cosenza pic is that awful crane or whatever it is….could it be edited out? Then it would be the perfect picture.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Carolyn
      I’ll have to check if I have another similar photo and yes, you’re right about the crane.
      I only do minimal and post-production (dust removal, straightening) but I don’t remove objects from my photos.
      Thanks again for the feedback and hope you’re feeling better now! 🙂

  5. Yetismith Avatar

    They are both great but I would go with Cosenza.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for your kind feedback! 🙂

  6. Monkey's Tale Avatar

    I am also not a art expert but I prefer Corsenza as it has more interesting things to look at. I spent more time exploring it with my eyes than the first. Good luck!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for your feedback! I think that Cosenza is getting the most votes so far… 😉

  7. wetanddustyroads Avatar

    I am no art/photo expert … so, unfortunately I have to decline on the wonderful opportunity to be your curator 😉. But I do think you have such an eye for the moment when you take that photo … you really capture emotion!
    If I have to choose between the two photo’s … well, at first glance, my choice fell on Cosenza. Why? Well, it looks so mysterious and makes me want to look further into the photo of what else I can see. But then, when I look at the photo in Altilia, I get the feeling of strapping my backpack on because I want to walk between those old buildings!
    See, I’m no good at choices either! Good luck with your preparation … sounds like another wonderful opportunity!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Berto and Corna

      Thank you again for the wonderful feedback – much appreciated!
      Cosenza is a very photogenic city, especially in the old town, but then again most areas of Italy are amazing for a photographer. 😉
      Hope so, I’ve just started thinking about an exhibition and have no idea when or where, but with Australia so slow to open its borders to nationals let alone overseas travellers, who knows when I can hold another. At least I can start to think about an exhibition and slowly get organised as there’s such a lot of work for an exhibition.
      Ha, ha, you guys are the same as you have a plethora of great photos!

  8. Neil Lintern Avatar

    Out of the 2 photo’s I’d go for the one in Altilia. I like the black and white medium as well, and a photo that can tell a story is always great! Excellent website and content!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Neil
      Thank you for the great feedback and the welcomed suggestions. Altilia is a gorgeous undiscovered village. You may like to read my article: Short drives around Calabria: Falerna, Altilia, Malito
      Want to be my curator? 😉

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