One week 'til Head On

“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best..." and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

After the flurry of activity last week, this will be a short update (I'll pretend not to hear your sighs of relief). I've worked hard on the exhibition over the past five weeks, and majority of the work is done. All that's left to do is pick up my prints, get them to Sydney safely, stick them on the Gatorboard, and put them up at the hospital.

Holding an exhibition in a different state has been a bigger challenge than expected. If the venue was in Melbourne I'd be able to pop in every week and test different hanging methods, but a weekly flight to Sydney was out of the question.

I still have a few concerns about sticking the prints to the sandstone walls, but when it comes to hanging I'll be heading to Sydney with a plan A, B, and C, which will hopefully cover all my bases. Which brings me to an exciting delivery I received this week...

1. Introducing my industrial-strength permanent outdoor mounting tape!

I specially ordered a 10 metre roll of this stuff from California. Before my trip to Sydney I bought a two metre roll from Bunnings for $10.95 (pictured on the right), my order from the U.S. (pictured on the left) cost me $32.90 (including 12.95 postage). Bunnings must be making one hell of a profit!

Sticking my mounted prints to the sandstone walls is plan A.

I'm a little worried about the grip of the tape on the walls, so plan B is to adhere contact to the sandstone wall first to create a smooth surface for the tape to stick to. I'm confident that this will hold for the three week exhibition.

If that doesn't work, plan C is to stick the prints directly onto the sandstone, which I know will hold but will render my prints useless by the end of the exhibition. This is my absolute last resort.

2. Enjoying the lead-up

With most of the planning over, I've been left with a lot of time to enjoy the anticipation of holding my first solo exhibition. From the experience of my graduate group show, the reality of an exhibition isn't as exciting as what's built-up in your imagination the weeks prior to it, so I'm allowing myself to revel in my expectations, and the satisfaction that I've done everything I can to make the show a success (whatever that means).

3. More Jay filming

I sat down this week and reviewed a two hour interview I recorded with Jaylo last Friday. The more I shoot the documentary, the more I realise Jay's story deserves better than my amateur film-making skills (maybe Tara Brown and her team — they're free at the moment, right?). I'm sticking with it though, and will hopefully end up with something that people can connect with.

In the mean time, here's a minute from the interview where Jay talks about not being able to find a park at the Royal Melbourne when he first noticed his symptoms.

And that's it! The next update will be much more exciting because the exhibition will be up!

On Friday I'll be sending an email to everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign with a preview of what the exhibition looks like (considering you guys are the ones who paid for it). On Sunday I'll have the regular update with photos of the exhibition and news about the Head On Photo Festival.

Rebuilding Jay Knight: Life after Guillain-Barre syndrome is a photo essay and book by Emma Murray.

See images from the series here.

Read the book here.