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31st-Oct-2006 06:14 pm

Today at work i got "worked over" ( ;D ) by Pierre. Pierre does massagesm akupuncture and other stuff like that, and he will be coming around once a month all winter. Oh yes he will :]

Also, I'm trying to put toghether a good portfolio. Ugh. It's hard.
31st-Oct-2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Well I'm drifting through again looking for nice photos... meantime, here are some thoughts about portfolios, that I hope may be useful.

A few years ago, when I worked in advertising, I too had to put together a portfolio. It's quite daunting to start with. See your portfolio as a journey, not as a destination. You're creating a garden, not building a house: it's a never-ending process -- and you will never finish. Bob Dylan said: "An artist has got to be careful never really to arrive at a place where he's at somewhere. You always have to realize that you're constantly in a state of becoming and as long as you stay in that realm you'll, sort of, be alright." That's a great motto for living a creatively interesting life, whether you're taking photos, making art, writing books, or whatever: just keep moving.

Once you have the physical plastic book/binder (or whatever you will use), you can almost start anywhere. Fill the thing up immediately. Put in as many photos (in my case it was advertisments) as the thing will hold. It's quite good to do this with a binder of limited capacity -- something that will hold only a limited amount of stuff. Mine used to hold only about 20 or 30 pieces, I think. The limited capacity forces you to keep selecting your strongest work. That may be much easier than putting together a Web portfolio, where potentially you could have any number of photos -- and nothing is forcing you to pick the stronger work or reject the weaker. Others may disagree, but I feel that's a mistake. In time, as your portfolio improves, your new work will have to get stronger and stronger to get in: the bar will be rising all the time. That will drive you to be better too. The current contents of your portfolio will become the standard you have to beat each time.

What do you put in to start with? Anything. It doesn't matter. Just start the process, that's the important thing. It's also a good idea to keep showing your portfolio to as many (honest, informed) people as possible. Don't instantly act on what they say, of course, because it's all just opinion. They may be idiots! But over time you'll get a sense of what really is your strongest work. I guess you could mirror your physical portfolio on a website if you wanted, but I'd keep the amount of photos limited in the same way. Something new arrives, something old must give way to make room for it.

Well that's the end of the waffle. It worked for me, sort of. Good luck....
31st-Oct-2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Actually it's for a college application, so it can't just be whatever.

Thanks though :)
31st-Oct-2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Why don't my Pierres do that? Can I borrow the instructional video?
31st-Oct-2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Haha. No video :)
1st-Nov-2006 05:16 am (UTC)
can we swap pets?
1st-Nov-2006 06:58 am (UTC)
What pet do you have?
1st-Nov-2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'll keep the Yellow Lab. You can have my other roomates unique Jack Russell. But then again, I wouldn't do that to my worst enemy!
1st-Nov-2006 12:46 am (UTC)
ohh massages :) lucky you!
and good luck with putting your portfolio together!!
1st-Nov-2006 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
1st-Nov-2006 07:21 am (UTC)
hey babeh, so you're applying for fall 2007? what other schools in the east are you looking for asides from NYU Tisch?

I put my portfolio together by throwing everything I thought worthy of being in there in a file (40+ photos) then I eliminated. I made all the remaning color ones have black and white alternates and then I eliminated again. I ended up panicking before my trip to NYC and threw together a portfolio that I'm working off of now. So make yourself panic somehow and it'll happen! haha.
1st-Nov-2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah I am. Most of my attention is towards getting into School of Visual arts :)

Thing is though, they prefer it if the portfolio has a "theme". Bleh :P
1st-Nov-2006 07:26 am (UTC)
That sounds beyond awesome. The only guy like that who comes to our house does so for my grandmother. I'd enjoy it more. *pokes him*

You'll be fine; you've got great stuff. :)
1st-Nov-2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
It was so good :)
1st-Nov-2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
Not listening.
1st-Nov-2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm doing a portfolio.
Except mine starts out as I'm growing.
I have baby pictures and stuff.
It's fun.
I need a massage.
1st-Nov-2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Back pains?