We hung the student show today at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, here on Paros. It is a very pretty show with a wide assortment of photography, painting, printmaking and drawing. The vocal ensemble had their first concert last night in Naoussa and will have two more this weekend. Overall I have a had an excellent time here this arm and am looking forward to being back here in about three months. My photography has improved and I have also gained a little more patience with the younger students. While I am no smarter than they are, I have experienced more of the world so I am perhaps a little wiser. Perhaps.
In the past few days I have thought a lot about what I will be doing next year while I am here. Yes, my own photography certainly, but also the work with the director and painting in the spring. On top of that I feel that it is time to begin work on my own book, probably in the format pioneered by Wright Morris and Andre Kertesz, the photo-text. In this format the images on the page do not have to directly correspond to the text but by the end of the reading they have made sense as an accompaniment to the reading. I have many other ideas but I will not share them lest I talk myself dry of the concept.
I have begun packing my stuff and will begin putting it in storage tomorrow. I have to conduct the inventory of the darkroom supplies and print some last few pieces. After that I head to Athens on Monday and back to New York Thursday. Christmas, New Years, my birthday and then back here. Time flies indeed.