Photography Exhibition – Pick an Image!

Pick an image for my next photography exhibition?

Thought I’d take another little break from sharing travel posts and throw in a couple of photos for you to choose from for the photography exhibition – not sure when the exhibition will happen though…

photography exhibition, Altilia, Calabria, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

But first, a few questions. Have you been to a photographic exhibition? If so, what was the exhibition about and what did you like best? Could you buy the artwork on that day?

If you haven’t been to this type of exhibition, what would really motivate you to leave your house and go to this exhibition? Would you pay a small entry fee or expect the exhibition to be free?

My last photography exhibition – Image Earth Faces – hosted by the beautiful Erika from Piano B – Event Project Management – was pre-COVID in 2018. The lovely space was in the stunning Medieval venue of Palazzo Sersale in Calabria’s village of Cerisano, in gorgeous Southern Italy. What a striking venue surrounded by the richness of centuries of Italian history!

I need help choosing a theme, medium, and a few more important aspects for a portfolio as it’s difficult when you’ve taken decades of photos to select a handful of images. Some of the hard choices to make and giving you this list again…

A theme

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

A Medium

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

Extra decisions

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

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Some of you may already know that my favourite medium is black and white, especially shooting with a traditional 35mm film camera. So of course, I’m including one of each in the two photos below as possible, but need your help to decide. Which one of these photos do you think would suit an exhibition?

photography exhibition, Altilia, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Altilia, Calabria
photography exhibition, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe
Venice, Veneto (35mm B&W film)

Do you have a better suggestion from images that you’ve seen here in the past? 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 find it difficult to choose photos.



26 responses to “Photography Exhibition – Pick an Image!”

  1. issabrainmonkeybrain Avatar

    AHHHHHHH!!! this is a hard one because both are so beautiful in their own way. Calabria has so much texture and so many things to see in it, even as I look at it the light seems to change from different times of the day. Venice, what can I say I was just there in Aug my great-grandmother is in the Biennale Louise Nevelson. I have been to Venice so many times. I say Calabria also because it has so much within it. From the old cobble stone streets, satellite dishes, rolling hills, tiny vinyard, patched rooftops and lets not forget the storm brewing in the distance with the last bit of sun on the hills.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Venice is a gorgeous timeless city but each time I visit, I discover something new. The hoards of pushy tourists are something I can’t get used to but then again, I’m a tourist in Venice. 😉 Really, your great-grandmother is in the Biennale Louise Nevelson?

      Calabria is an untouched region that many tourists don’t visit, bypassing this region to get to Sicily – another tourist milk-run but also fascinating.
      Great feedback as always, and thank you for taking the time to comment!

      1. issabrainmonkeybrain Avatar

        Yes Louise Nevelson and she also has a whole shole there in Piazza San Marco.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Fabulous, what a story and how humbling to have such heritage Issa!
        Europe (especially Italy) values artists more than Australia.

      3. issabrainmonkeybrain Avatar

        One of my best friends is a wonderful artist who studied under my grandmother Susan Nevelson. My dear friend she is Australian as well, check out her work it is amazing and so versatile.

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thank you for the link! Melanie’s work is vibrant and lovely.
        Interesting Melanie chose to live in Florence for 25 years before returning to Australia. Not a hard choice. 😉

  2. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Ciao ciao. Sorry for the delay. Was out travelling again… (I must be crazy) 😬
    I like Veneto better. The perspective. “La ligne de fuite.”
    People photos in mind?
    Buona gironatta, Cara.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Lucky you! Wondered whether you were travelling again. 😉
      Thank you for the feedback. I also like that one as it’s 35mm B&W film.
      Buona Serrata Mio amico

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        A domani.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Si, oggi e vacanza per la regina.

      3. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Hope you enjoyed your day off.

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        It was pouring rain but great not to have to work. 😉

      5. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Pouring rain? Interesting. Yet logical. One has an image of a very dry LAnd of OZ

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        True and especially in the internal regions of the continent. However, during the last couple of years, we’ve seen torrential rains due to La Niña and although in Queensland, summers are typically wet, they’ve been even wetter. Think of SE Asia’s weather with torrential rain at around 5pm for an hour then everything stops and becomes muggy once more – that used to be northern Queensland’s weather pattern.

      7. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Monsoon-like right?

      8. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yes, it definitely is and the further north in QLD you travel, the wet season is wetter. 😉

  3. gillmorris Avatar

    Hi Nilla, obviously I love them both, however, the second one allows your eye to wander up and along the street and you wonder what is round the corner so to speak! Hope you are well xx

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Gill
      Great feedback – thank you. Venice is like that though isn’t it – every corner holds another story/
      All’s well and hope that you are too. 🙂 x

  4. Dave Ply Avatar

    I’d lean towards Altilia, mostly because I prefer the tones. I don’t really care what the city is. I haven’t been to many formal photographic exhibitions so I can’t really offer any preferences as far as theme, medium or extras.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for the great feedback Dave!
      Do you prefer macro photography or landscape, or no real preference?

      1. Dave Ply Avatar

        I like ’em both. I haven’t posted that much of my macro work as my blog tends more towards travel pics, and most of my macro is flower/plant pics.

        Ultimately it’s your presentation, so it’s more what moves you that’s important. About the only qualifier I might add is that the viewer will not have had the on site experience/emotions that flavors your picks, so you might consider that in your criteria.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        I like your great travel photos!
        Sometimes though I find that what moves me can be too confronting for others as my medium is candid or documentary, both of which are reality. I find more and more that an audience likes to see happy or pleasant photos, but you’ve given me a lot to go on thank you.

  5. Yetismith Avatar

    I wanted to say Altilia because it’s not a place everyone’s heard of and I like the mountains and sky but I was torn. So I asked my housemate (who I’m mad at!) for his opinion and he said Venice. I hate to say it, but he’s right….the angles of the houses and windows…it’s Venice of the gazillion photographs but this one is really special. Not many people around either. So I’ll go with Venice. I love black and white. I love anything that’s historic. Nature/animals. People with great faces…sad eyes always do me in. I wish I had a copy of the photograph we used to raise funds for the Dhaka orphanage back in ’84. Tiny baby called Latifa. I am allergic to human babies, but those orphans were gorgeous. As usual and am blabbering!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for participating in the selection. I too prefer the Venice shot but think it’s because I took this with 35mm B&W film and I love this medium. I really should dust off my darkroom equipment to start processing and printing my own film and photos again. It’s getting too expensive to have this done in a lab these days.

      Candid photography is my speciality as I love this type of photography. A long time ago, I managed a photo studio for a couple of years taking old-time portraits (dress people in period costumes then take the shot). We were trained to take one shot only. If someone absolutely detested the shot or had their eyes closed, then another would be allowed. What this taught me is that when you point a camera at someone and they’re aware of the camera, then the capture is very different. Of course, it’s staged – a portrait. The couple of years taking photos of 1 to 20 people, even with pets, taught me to wait for the right moment. We used a massive flat-bed camera that was mounted on a sturdy tripod. After sliding a frame with a Polaroid (expensive) down the camera’s back, you veiled under a black hood at the precise moment. Very theatrical! Great training and loads of fun!
      Would love to see that photo, so if you can find it, then please share it… 😉
      You never blabber but offer great feedback and stories!

  6. Stella, oh, Stella Avatar

    I am a viewer, not a doer, so here a few tentative remarks. I like all the topics except “Portraits”, which would be too similar to your last exhibition about faces, and “Street art”. Street art is great, but it would not be your art, would it? It would be an exhibition of the street artists.

    Do all exhibits have to be the same, either b&w or colour? I would say it should depend on the object. I love both of your above photos. Colour is not necessary for photos in my opinion.

    Number and size of the exhibits should depend on the venue maybe? And the orientation on the object?

    I love photo exhibitions, when I “stumble” upon them. I don’t mind paying a fee. If the exhibition is held in a museum for example, one would also have to pay a fee. The photo exhibitions I have seen so far were held in museums, which did not sell the photos. One was portraits in black and white, two of every person, one at a young age, and one at old age. One of my favourite photo exhibitions was one with works by Robert Doisneau (also black and white), who took photos of people wherever he met them, mostly city photos though.

    Cheers, Birgit from Denmark (aka Stella, oh, Stella)

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Birgit
      Thank you for the great feedback and thoughts! I had to rescue your comment from my Trash folder so not sure what WP is up to.

      Apart from the Burmese lady, my Image Earth Faces exhibition included only candid photos as this is my preferred medium. The Burmese lady caught me taking her photo from a little way off, so I asked if I could take her photo and she obliged – very sweet.

      Correct and holding a Street Art exhibition is a bit of a grey area as it wouldn’t be my work but the street artist’s work.
      I’ve never charged for my exhibitions but then again, I’m not famous. 😉 It does cost a lot to rent a space plus everything that accompanies holding an exhibition, but I like to draw as many people to my work, so I don’t charge.

      The portrait exhibition you stumbled on sounds quite interesting. I love Robert Doisneau’s work and also many of the “Greats” that sometimes are forgotten or no longer well known due to digital madness. 😉

      Appreciate you taking the time to comment and best wishes from Australia!

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