Renewal

A year has passed since I decided to make this blog ‘my own’, by paying for a domain name and to go without adverts.

I know this because I have just had notice that my payment for the next year of it has just arrived (notice that it has been paid, not that it was due soon of course).

As is my way, and normally with health reasons behind it, sometimes I seem to be inspired and updating the site regularly and other times it goes all quiet.

In fact this last three months has been one of my quietest periods ever photographically and that’s just because feeling energised and positive enough to get out and about has been a relatively rare thing. Sitting at home, reading, writing and sleeping (and may be occasionally coming up with nonsense for Bryntin on his blog) has been more the standard mode of operation.

So if any of the now 1,000 odd followers pops in from time to time and simply sees the same stuff as was there last time, I do apologise but my photo blog has always been current, reflecting what I am doing now and not delving in to a stock of older library pictures, even though that exists of course.

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It’s also been about a year since I started making some prints available on some online stores. I have relatively few on Society6 now and more on the Redbubble site.

The most popular shots have been the most ‘conventional’ black and white landscape shots in terms of sales; people seem to ‘like’ and ‘favourite’ the abstracts but are not buying them for their walls.

Which is a shame because they’re the ones that are definitely ‘my own work’, having real spontaneity and unique and unrepeatable elements to them. They’re the one’s that I can leaf through books or visit galleries and never see other photos just like them.

Perhaps they’re a step too far for the lovers of the classic landscape photography I had on here when the site was featured on Discover. Or just not that good.

I don’t know, but I like them so that’ll do for me.

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Fortunately, I have made enough commission from my print sales to cover the purchase of my blog account (just), so you can go without adverts on here for another year. Although I’ll probably mention my print stores a lot instead, so I suppose it’s just a different sort of adverts.

How many new shots you’ll see when you get here is another thing entirely. Hopefully, it’s a lot of them because that’ll mean I’m out and about, taking new pictures and freshly energised again.

My thanks to recent purchasers who have recently sent pictures of their purchases now in place in their own homes. I’m not ever going to be rich from them in monetary terms but am definitely richer for seeing them being enjoyed.

15 thoughts on “Renewal”

    1. Thank you Christine. I do start to doubt myself very easily… trying to get over that by affecting nonchalance and seeing if it sticks for real! πŸ˜‰

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  1. I haven’t found enough bravado to take the next step to selling photos, but it’s inspiring and encouraging to know someone who is reaping the rewards. It doesn’t matter how small; knowing that someone else enjoys your creativity also means that there is at least one other person out there who sees the world as you do. There is comfort in that! I enjoy your abstract works and think it’s only a matter of time and exposure (pun intended) for others to discover them. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚
      Yep, I am a bit up and down on how confident or otherwise I am with selling images – or at least, making them available for sale. I guess it’s the inconsistency of my energy levels affecting both my physical abilities and mood.

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  2. Good to hear from you Bear. I think any artist has that conflict/balance between making what they truly love versus what an audience will love and pay for.

    For me, it’s always a pleasure to see an artist pursuing what they love most, even if it isn’t the most popular or mainstream option. I’ve lost count of how many musical artists I was into early on then they “sold out” to the mainstream…

    Also with something like photography, where anything you sell is a physical print that someone will display somewhere, it’s more public, there are more people to please, more tastes to conform to.

    Most people would not object to your landscape photograph above, and the majority would appreciate its beauty on some level. So it’s a pretty safe option for someone to have a print of that photograph on the wall in their home that the rest of their family and their visitors will see and possibly pass favourable comment on.

    For more abstract photographs, people might like them very much, but not want to (for whatever reason) make their tastes public.

    With music you can listen to whatever you want on headphones and no-one else need ever know whether it’s The Carpenters, Beethoven, One Direction or thrash metal. It’s usual a private act of appreciation.

    With pictures – unless you live on your own, or it’s for a private room – there’s that public acceptance factor, it’s not just about your own private appreciation and being 100% true to what you like.

    Just a thought – it might not be that people don’t like the abstracts, they just might not want to display them, so they don’t have a need to buy a print. Hope that makes sense!

    If you still enjoy making the landscapes, then of course continue, but always make time for the abstracts you seem to enjoy making even more.

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    1. Thanks Dan. πŸ™‚
      Yep, that may account for the abstract ones on Redbubble having many ‘likes’ but no kerrching’s yet!
      Ah well, I’ll keep on keeping on, when I can.

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  3. The whole getting paid as an independent creator thing is rough. My coping tactic is having really low expectations. Like, really low. I figure before I was creating I had nothing, therefore anything I get from it is amazing and exciting and good job me, I’m ahead. And if I get no money for it, then I still created a thing, which is amazing and fun and good job me. When I started my store, I didn’t seriously expect to sell much (well, anything, other than maybe to my husband, which would be ultimately counterproductive since it’s all our money). I have sold more than I expected, although usually to friends and family (though I hear nice stories, like a cousin who bought a mug with one of my comics on it, and then her housemate fell in love with it, claimed it as her favourite special mug, and asked to keep it when they moved into different houses). And when I started patreon I braced myself to have no patrons for ages, possibly ever.

    So even small successes have felt big. And it builds, if you keep going.

    (also I have to apologise because I had a notebook emergency a couple of weeks ago–I needed a new one on *really* short notice, so I had to buy one in a physical store and not online from you. But I fully intend to get my next notebook from you).

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    1. Thank you Lucy.
      Yep, I didn’t really have any expectations of making very much either, which is just as well… πŸ˜‰ Luckily, I don’t really have to, in pure economic terms, but Mrs H needs to see some payback for all the time I’m locked away in my study, editing and writing!
      I do thank you for your support, do check out the Redbubble notebooks next time, there’s more choice and they do a (cheaper) spiral bound one as an option too.

      Oh, and PS. Excitedly I told my wife I’d made a sale, someone had ordered three notebooks from my Society6 so this was a good start (about a year ago). She looked at me and said ‘Ah… that was me…’

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    2. Lucy, you articulate that so well. wished I’d said all that! My sis and i are from that school of low expectations. Served us, er, well I guess. Some might argue that that is a form of weary resignation. Perhaps one could aim to have NO expectations, high or low. Life is messy, sigh!

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  4. You articulate very well the dichotomy of art and commerce! Better than I could, at any rate. I love abstract art, and it is a go-to for me sometimes when I have my art kit out (fishing tackle box actually). For me, it is the act of creating it. Once I am done, I am already excited about something else. Mum has a few of those. Or I get excited too early and the first one gets half done. I GET what you mean about the uniqueness of the abstract. It is yours with your indelible pawprint. Cheers, enjoy your week, Bear.

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    1. Thanks Wilt.
      Yes, it’s a similar thing. I do enjoy the chaotic and unpredictable abstract effects I do, probably as an antidote to actually spending a lot of time wishing for more energy myself.

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