Interview with Bridget Murray Law
It took almost a year for Bridget Murray Law to finally agree that it was time to hang her photos.
It's not like she shouldn't have known. Bridget is an accomplished Washington, DC street photographer who loves to document the transformation in many of the local neighborhoods. She has even attracted an Instagram following of more than 5,000 fans.
But she didn't think she was ready.
"As a photographer, you’re always going after the perfect shot. A lot of times I don’t think of my photos as a collection. I’m always going after the next perfect shot."
Her fiancee, Gary Nabors, knew better.
He said, "why don’t you look at what you have already done?"
After a year of pushing Bridget to do a show, she relented.
"I don't know that I would have ever done anything if he hadn't pushed me like that," says Bridget.
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Lessons from H Street Life
Bridget is displaying her show, H Street Life, at Sidamo Coffee Shop, on H Street and learning a lot about photography, printing, and her work as an artist.
In this episode, Bridget shares her journey and lessons learned hanging her own show.
- What she learned about her photos taking them from Instagram to prints;
- Why she now admires print images differently than online images;
- How the photography show expanded her audience;
- What she learned about her photography from the people who viewed her show;
- How she found a location for her show;
- The big mistake she made in hanging her show; and
- What she would do differently if she could do it all over again.
Bridget's story is part two in our series on hanging a photography show in your own neighborhood. Last week, we talked with Steve Rosenbach, who shared his lessons learned from more than six community shows.
As a bonus, I am also sharing a selection of an interview with gallery owner Cory Woods. I interviewed Cory several years ago during a photography webinar. Many of his insights back then are valuable in this context.