So I started my photography career with fine art exhibition work.  For the last 4 years I've been playing with ideas and concepts for a new body of work.  Mostly I've worked with my iPhone.  Anyway, I'm heading into summer which is quiet here for weddings so I have a few months to start or complete a project.  A friend and neighbor Jen is opening a new gallery and asked me to show some work.  Yep, you can imagine I was all over it.  Then...it sunk in.  Shit.  I have to go through all this work I have yet to organize very well (turns out it was, I just spaced it) and ACTUALLY PICK a few that fit her theme for the opening show.  I just ABHOR this process.  If its on my computer I like it.  

The theme is 'Summer'.  Fish fit right?  

Seriously.  No matter the equipment I use to capture I upload into a folder labeled appropriately.  In this case Fish.  My flowchart is FINE ART>YEAR>MONTH>SUBJECT.  Below is a basic outline of my process of editing.

1.   First Edit.  Toss any out of focus, poor exposures, etc.  
2.   Second Edit.  Look at 100% for fine detail.  
3.   Third Edit.  Overall image impact.  Why do I like it?  Does it say ANYTHING?
4.   Final Edit.  Is it appropriate for the theme and buying audience?  

It really is pretty easy to edit for exhibition.  The worst thing you can do is second judge YOUR instincts.  YOU are the artist.  While you need to sell your work, you also want to build a sustainable business model.  If you throw a bunch of hodgepodge material at the wall sometimes all you get back is shit.  

A cohesive body of work whether 3 images or 40 is what distinguishes your work from all the 'other' photographers out there vying for sales.  Repeat buyers want to be able to recognize your work.  If you see a Jackson Pollack you know its a Jackson Pollack without ever having to look at the signature. Do the same with your choices, be consistent in theme, style or something.  

So what am I going to print for this exhibition?  Not sure yet.  But it will be cohesive, recognizable as my work and appropriate for both the show theme and viewing audience.