Here is another post about what I’m planning on doing, but this time I do think it is time that I started working in a different way. I have been realising quite a few things recently, and I have come to the realisation that I am being taken advantage of.
Working with companies
I thought if I was able to get gear on loan from companies that would mean that I was on my way to working with them more. It now seems that they are happy to loan it, have me advertise it for them, wherever I am putting photos, and that’s it.
Some companies have been great, the smaller ones usually, and have given me something to thank me, but others, I don’t get anything. Actually, most are like the second.
A lot of people think I am really lucky to be allowed to borrow gear, but in the end, it just makes me realise how little I have. I can’t afford to buy anything and then it has to go back. I do get attached to gear. Not all of it, but some things. It is hard when it has to go back. You fall in love with it and know that you will never be able to afford it.
So I am thinking it is time to stop doing it. There is only so much disappointment a person can handle in a lifetime and I think I have had more than my share.
Working in a different way
Through the Fine Art Way. the membership I set up, I’m finding that I want to get back to being an artist.
I know what that is, and perhaps it is time I pursued it. Being an artist is something I have always wanted to be. I have concentrated on the business side of photography for too long.
To be an effective instructor for those doing the Fine Art Way it is important that I am a working artist.
Where to from here? A good question. The next step for me to stop borrowing gear, and start working more on my own work.
I am going to cut back on some of the things I do as I do think I have taken on too much. Not sure exactly what, but having to go out and try gear does take up time as well. It means that the time spent taking photos is not about my work. Occasionally I am loaned things that I can use with my own work, but not enough. When I go out I need to be working on my own work.
Plans are going to be made to start exhibiting. I’m looking for a printer now and will start experimenting with sizes and such. I am also going to start applying to galleries as well.
The Fine Art Way
My membership site, the Fine Art Way has been fantastic. One of the things I enjoy is getting back into art. Looking at galleries and seeing what other artists are doing.
The people, the majority, seem to be really enjoying it. We have get togethers online frequently where we discuss what they are working on. I can help them with artists to look at, or help give them direction. I know that quite a few of them have said that it has been so helpful. They are thinking about their photography and where to take it so much more.
I’m also teaching them more about processing and where they can take it. How to develop their own style. The discussion is all art and photography. I love it.
The Fine Art Way will be opening up again soon for new members, and I am looking forward to teaching a whole new bunch of people what I’ve been teaching the current one. I really do feel like a mentor there.
Most of these photos were taken while I was with some of them.
So things will be changing, not sure how, but I really think it is absolutely time I get back to being an artist, I really hope you will stay on the journey with me.