I happen to spend a good amount of time coming up with names for my photographs. I think names are important and have meaning. Sometimes there is a hint of humor, or irony that seems appropriate, other times a more reflective and serious tone is apropos. I have to admit, I’m not a literary giant. Don’t get me wrong, I do like reading but shy away from the titles like “War and Peace” etc. I find the Thesaurus a very helpful tool and could not live without it.
So I found it interesting how this image “Serenity” got it’s name. I had brought the print with me to the Cherokee Park Art Fair in Louisville but left it unnamed. It is such a strong image and wanted to have it available but just couldn’t come up with a name. So there it sat, under the table with no one able to see it. During breaks I thought about the image and finally gave up, it wasn’t meant to be. And then this wonderful couple came by. They spent a lot of time deciding which print they wanted. During our conversation they mentioned that they liked the names I gave my images…As an impulse, I pulled out the nameless print and told them how I was struggling with this print. Viola! She said “Serenity” and they want that one! So I cleared my sales table and signed the print and gave it a name.