A photographic floral fine art show, titled “My Fair Lady” was held at the Muse gallery in Old City, Philadelphia, from August 5-29, 2015. Due to limited space ten images were selected and hung on Monday August 3rd, with invaluable assistance in layout from our show curator, Joan McNamara. We placed a large, eye catching image opposite the front door and adjacent to the window overlooking the street to draw attention to the exhibition. As we completed the hanging a couple walking by asked if they could come in, before the gallery was officially open, and take a look.
First Fridays are popular in Old City Philadelphia, particularly on 2nd St., where the Muse and several other galleries are located. The street bustles with the activities of performers, vendors, tourists, and of course, art lovers. Our First Friday, August 5th was busy as expected. The show was open for 3 hours, from 5pm - 8pm, and there was a steady stream of viewers. The show evoked great interest and we received many complimentary comments about the impact, the composition, and the amount of detail displayed in the images. Several visitors thought that the images were paintings rather than photographs, due to their size and visual effect.
With the proliferation of digital capture media, from cell phones to expensive and very sophisticated high definition cameras, the digital art world has been flooded with material of various levels of quality. In addition numerous web sites have become available where images can be posted, for viewing and for sale. Many of these images are offered in "limited editions" of 20 or 50, to as many as 900 copies. The price points of these images vary from inexpensive (~$50.00) to $8000 or more for a large print. The devaluation that occurs in the secondary market is less important in the case of inexpensive prints, than those that are more expensive and yet have a run of as many as 250 or more copies. We offer 2 sizes of the same image, 30" and 44" wide, and strictly limit the edition size. We feel that this protects the collector as well as potential investors.