3 days after the closing of the 2010 Photo and Film Expo held at the Coca-Cola dome in Johannesburg I set off on another incredible journey and never got time to give my feedback on the expo. I foolishly thought I would find time while travelling to catch up on some blogging but my days were jam-packed full of photography and by the time the sun had set I had barely enough energy left for a quick dinner, shower and off-loading memory cards. But as they say, better late than never.
First off compared to the first photo and film expo in 2009, the organisers reported that figures through the doors had dwindled in comparison but overall there was still a very good attendance. My exhibit really caught the attention of those who ventured into the gallery section and it was great to see how people reacted to my photography and fine art displays. I had a number of people email me to say they never intended on visiting the expo but made special trips to the expo just to see my works and it was great to hear this kind of feedback. One person even emailed me to say that he came three days in a row to come and look at my work as clearly once was not enough for him and I was chuffed receiving an email like that.
Overall the feedback and comments were very positive with most people stopping for a good couple of minutes to look at the canvas’ and framed fine art prints and even though the prints I displayed were never for sale at the Expo, one gentleman would simply not leave me alone on the last day and insisted he was taking the one canvas home with him that night. After a bit of negotiation and bending my arm he won the battle and at break down time on Sunday evening he eagerly awaited his new print for his house. That print just recently took 1st runner up the Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife Awards 2010.
It was a great experience to put up a big display and get the feedback and comments that I received and I’ll no doubt be back at the Photo and Film Expo 2011 with even more works from recent travels. I’ll also be doing some exhibits elsewhere in 2011 but will notify you all through my social networks and mailing lists as they materialise.
Thank you to everyone who visited the stand, it was great to meet so many fans and admirers and to hear your comments and feedback in person. See you at other exhibits in 2011.