It loads fine on my machine right now, though it does take 12s to fully load. I think all modern browsers do incremental rendering so I can start reading and the pages finishes loading before I get to the bottom.
I recommend using Firebug and YSlow. YSlow had a couple of recommendations for your page, but you were correct in assessing that the sheer number of images you have makes up the bulk of the time in displaying your page.
At this point, I think it's mostly a case of trading off user perception - do you want a complete page of all your work or do you want to give your prospects an impression of "hey, this website is fast"? A lot of first-time visitors won't go to page 2 so it's a serious decision.
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