I've been spending the last two weeks working on an online version of my portfolio. I've put my work in a gallery with a "filmstrip" of thumbnails (72px x 72px for you design nerds) along the top. I really like the result, but I've been doing a lot of reading today about portfolio design and a lot of the stuff I read rags on thumbnails for not giving the viewer a good idea of what they about to see. Problem is, none of these sources suggest a better way to do it.
So my question is: how can I present a number of my visual work examples in a compelling manner without creating crazy download times from having them all on one page?