I've just returned from spending a very intense but satisfying week in Houston at the Fotofest Biennial. Having never participated in one of these meeting place reviews before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There were several 20 minute review sessions each day where photographers paraded into the meeting place for one on one consultations with a variety of gallery and museum directors, publishers, marketing consultants and curators. The advice and criticism I received has given me a positive direction to advance my photography...this web site being the first tangible result of the help I received there.
Fotofest is the largest of these events in the world and the review sessions intermixed with downtime in the foyer discussing photo related topics with other photographers was an enriching experience. It's the beginning of a process that will take me to other review events around the world to continue my development as a fine art photographer. The city was also filled with great gallery exhibits from photographers in the Arab world. I probably visited more art galleries in one week than in the previous couple of years. So the creative batteries are fully charged!