Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on January 9, 2009

the gang from santa fe workshops, san miguel edition. san miguel, mexico.

since i have been back for the past 3 weeks and having come into an unbelievably excruciating amount of free time, i have come to realize that (my) orange county lacks a photographic community. it is one of the most important aspects in where i would choose to live. leaving london was very hard, in that i had an intellectual community that is open to discussions about the relevant and current topics of the field. and so likewise with my peers from santa fe.

and every time i come home from an extended trip, i can feel the lack of community. its as if i come back into a void that drains me of my creativity and passion. i think to myself that i should interpret that into a project, but its hard for me to be inspired. i truly respect those who can interpret and keep reinterpreting the imagery of where they come from.

i have been contacting photographers/editors that i have met while i was in santa fe, and yesterday i was able to meet with ART STREIBER for a portfolio review and meeting. i have to say, the meeting did not start well. i was running 5 minutes late and received a parking citation. not good at all. but thank god, for the good spirit of art to give me his valuable time. i was able to spend a solid hour w/ him looking over some of my new work from mexico. if you don’t know art, he is a photographer w/ amazing talent, professionalism, wit and charm. we looked over my edit and he gave me his insights. i am relieved to say that my work was not hated and he gave me some leads into more contacts. i’m hoping that these steps will help to build my community in southern california.

moving to another subject, PHOTO LA is this weekend. I’ll be heading up to LA this weekend to check it out. It should be interesting to see all the different new talent that is coming into this field as the market is changing.


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