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You Need Wall Art

Bride in red bedroom
Often times when I’m showing images to clients, I find myself having to educate my client that there is whole brave new world out here for printed images. The old days of getting a couple of 8x10s and calling it an order are over. Modern technology and printing methods let us do things with our images that even five years ago we could not imagine.

This is a basic canvas portrait hanging in a bedroom
Bride Portrait in bedroom

Along with the standard printed image on a flat piece of photo paper, we have aluminum plate, metallic paper, wood, cloth, canvas, clothing, wall clings and more. In fact, there are so many choices it can be overwhelming to my clients. I choose just to show a few items to pick from but one thing that I love do is show off HOW the print can look in their home, business or office. I have a couple of ways I can do this. I use my iPad and a custom app that lets me take a photograph of the exact space then drop in the images or images in a template form that overlays on the real image. Pretty cool huh? I also have some images that I put together that show off size comparisons of the normal 8×10 to other size prints over a piece of furniture. This can really help my clients visualize the look they want on the wall. I also have prints of clusters of prints or “collections” where you can mix up many pictures or take one picture and “cut it apart” in a very artistic manner for wall art.

This is my Foot Prints collection showing off how several images can be clustered together.
Footprints Wall Art Collection

This type of wall art is heirloom quality and not printed at a big box store like Walmart. From the archival pigment inks to the high quality wood used in the stretcher frames of the canvas prints, everything speaks of quality. These prints are the types of gifts that you give when you want to give the best to someone. After all, you do not give a Casio watch to someone for a heirloom, you give the Rolex and for good reason. It will last a life time for the recipient of your gift. Or your life time if you wish to gift yourself. Everyone deserves quality in their life and since your pictures are for preserving a memory, shouldn’t you have the best?

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Musings on choosing your peer group

The few paragraphs below came about on Facebook in a private group I belong to called Photographers Unleashed. This is a place for photographers to hang out, ask questions, get critiques and complain all in the safety of a private area. It’s also an invitational group so one needs to be invited to join. Someone needs to think enough of you and your work that they think you can be part of the group. It’s a nice compliment when a friend does think this of you. We have a huge range of experience and talent but the overall common features are we all are passionate about photography and we want to improve both as a photographer and as an artist.

This story starts a few days ago when one of the younger photographers posted he was quitting the group and in a nutshell, he felt that he was being picked on and expectations were too high. He didnt say it that way outright but the message was there between the lines.

Getting older does have a benefit or two and one of them is to say what needs to be said without fear. It’s the idea of ” I really dont care what you think because there is nothing you can do that has not already been done, said or put on me”. Older also means (most times) that one has learned a lesson or two along the way. So when I read this post from this photographer, I sat down and wrote a short but heartfelt piece that only an older and more experience person could write. Several people commented on my words but I never did hear from the young photographer. He probably views me as more of a jerk right now but then when I was his age, I probably would have done the same thing. I just hope he read it anyways and took it to heart.

It was suggested to me to re- post it on a blog and I thought it sounded like a good idea. So here it is.

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You dont grow unless you stretch beyond your comfort level and if you dont do that, you become stagnant which is a terrible fate for any artist. Natural talent will carry you only so far, at some point you need a teachers and a community. If the community does it’s job right, they will support you and help you grow but that does not mean it’s always compliments.

More often than not, it’s something that hurts because we as artists tend to impart our images with a great deal of emotional energy. So when someone says something critical about an image that we think is hot shit, it stings all the more no matter how true the comment is. All artists are guilty of this at one time or another and we all have to learn to live with it and somehow process it and grow from it. You can grow or you can run.. not much else is available in the choice categories. As (name withheld) said, its the critical comments that really can add directiion to your path by showing you where you *need* to grow.

I put the word *need* in stars because it’s subjective but it serves to illuminate a point. I use critical comments all the time to act as a guide post as it were to help me see beyond my personal likes, dislikes, baggage etc and to get a glimpse of how other people see my work. Sometimes they see far better than I do because I’m too involved in the work, it’s too personal and almost impossible to pull back enough to see a bit of truth.

And yes, sometimes it stings.. alot. But, it’s a rare time I really let it get under my skin for any length of time. Note I said for any length of time, as it ALWAYS gets under my skin when someone is critical of my work. After all, photography is an extension of one’s self to a degree. But I can honestly say that in the past few years, after I learned to let go of of the emotional attachment and really listen to what was said, I’ve grown. Sometimes just a touch, other times it’s like the lightbulb going off.

You lose all of this support structure by hiding away from your peers or another way to say it, by hiding from those who would be critical of your work. It’s far easier to be somewhere where there is platitudes and accolades on how pure your work is, how cool it is and so on. But, the road less traveled is generally the better way to success. The path with resistance will make you grow and become a better person/photographer/friend . You just have to choose it and embrace it know that while it will hurt now and then, overall you will be in a far better place.

We can’t make you stay and we certainly wont beg but we would miss you and your contribution to the group. I personally wish you well on your path wherever it leads to.

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