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How to Get Hit By A Bus - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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How to Get Hit By A Bus

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So. open Art Studio was this weekend. It went well. I think, ultimately, what I was presenting was both insufficient and incorrect.

Insufficient in that 5 pieces was hardly enough to properly balance out that alyska has, you know, a business built around her art and, thus, a large stock of Stuff to display in her workshop. My pieces were dwarfed by her Huge.. tracts of land.

Incorrect insofar as only a handful of people seemed interested in my photos. Though I wouldn't necessarily pull them from presentation, if I'm trying to sell my services, I need to appeal to a wider audience. What this really means is adding into the mix more, well.. generic art to present.

Or something really edgy that will offend everyone in Wisconsin.

I am really terrible at chatting with people as they wander through. Partially, most weren't interested in my stuff and how I do it so it was hard to engage.

So, it was an Ok experience. At least I got to see the white mini-kilt that is on its way to a gay cruise. :)

Really short.

Also, I'm on Facebook now (again?). Link below in the bar. It will be, essentially, networking and photography-related as son I as I can cut the chaff on the darn thing.

Oh, and also for showing off to my friends that I'm a runner now. Because DailyMile can cross post.

Photo!
I really like Apreture 3's curves and levels controls. It makes for more interesting cross processing and lomographic manipulation.

I did not actually get hit by a bus.

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tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: October 4th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are two camps when it comes to selling art...

1) Do whatever you want and then fight to find the right audience. (This camp believes that there is an audience for every kind of art)

2) Manipulate your work to fit the audience you already have. (This camp believes that nobody gets to do 100% of what they love in art)

TBH, I lean more towards camp 1. But then I get frustrated when I have audiences ready and available, locally, and I don't have anything to present to them.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 4th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those who tend to identify with and enjoy my art are younger and they tend not to buy art. I think my stuff would have generally better appeal on a coast, maybe.

I should try to get a sole gallery show before I start making these assumptions.
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: October 4th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are so right - younger people tend to not buy art.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: October 4th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I told you this years ago and I'll tell you again now.

Boobs are the answer!
abmann From: abmann Date: October 4th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
YOU SAY THAT ABOUT EVERYTHING.
Also: go here.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: October 4th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm famous! Now if only I can convince you to let me design your tattoo...
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: October 4th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looked for you at the Overture center, but did not see either of you on Friday.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 4th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was late because of other functions running late. Sorry about that.
Did you come out to the studio?
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: October 4th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. I was busy the rest of the weekend. My apologies. It'd have been nice to see you again.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 4th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
FATE IS KEEPING US APART, ROMEO.
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: October 4th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, would that our families, I mean busy schedules, were not resolv'd to keep us apart!
techdragon From: techdragon Date: October 4th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you did fine... Have you ever attended Open Art Studios and looked at what people (not alyska) have up? You are closer to the standard for an art showing... She is a standard for production selling. She also had more jewelry than photo and you aren't competing in that arena.

I would hate to see your photos go generic - I did find your prints a little dark and hard to see on the wall which may have impacted their impact (nice play on words there, eh?)

Also - honestly? We never get a lot of people at the studio for this. I think that it could have been marketed earlier and more and the possibility of having prints to purchase would have drawn in more people. I don't think that this event is a judgment *at all* on how people would truly respond to your photos on a larger scale.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 4th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Generic isn't likely the best description, maybe "commercial." The question becomes what I want to get out of photography and if I can maintain artistic integrity. I'm not sure.

I mentioned above that I should look further into gallery shows so I'm hanging stuff in isolation to see what response I get.
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