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Horseshoe Bend Arizona Landscape

Horseshoe Bend Arizona Landscape

Mystery Manhattan

Mystery Manhattan

Antelope Canyon Arizona Landscape

Antelope Canyon Arizona Landscape

Quantum Divide

Quantum Divide

Mystery Manhattan

Mystery Manhattan

Horseshoe Bend Arizona Landscape

Horseshoe Bend Arizona Landscape

 

Interview with Az Jackson, Photographer, Sydney, Australia

 

EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?

Az:   I go to great lengths to deliver images that people can get lost in and I would say what is most often commented on is the vivid colors and the detail in my images.

I also get a lot of “WOW’s” and congratulations and I even had one of my fans refer to me as the Ansel Adams of color, which I’m absolutely grateful for.

EWW:  The flip side of that would be your initial thoughts about your own work.

Az: I respect my work and I love that a lot of other people appreciate my art so that I can continue doing what I do.

In an average shoot, I will have a full gamut of images from what I think are some absolute rippers right through to snapshots and test shots. Shooting this way helps me improve and keeps me grounded at the same time.

 

EWW: When you do a shoot, what are some of the challenges you face?

Az: Believe it or not, after 15+ years of shooting, one of my biggest challenges is still my camera settings.

I shoot the inspiration I see in front of me using whatever camera I think is going to deliver the best results and only worry about the technical side of things as an afterthought. I find shooting this way provides me with less technical challenges and more creative freedom.

 

EWW: Your gallery contains color as well as black and white.  What considerations do you take when deciding whether an image should be color or black and white?

Az: None. My black and white images are most often created in the editing room. I love inspiring with color but unfortunately, the world can often be misinterpreted as a dark place and a lot of people find comfort in black and white, so I create them for that market.

 

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run in all your work such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Az: Some people would say that I’m into color and you could probably recognize some of my most popular images from the vivid colors but I’m actually into delivering inspiration.

With my art, I want to help lift people’s spirits and distract them just long enough for them to appreciate the beauty of the world around them.

 

EWW:  Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?  If so, why?

Az: 7 Billion people and counting. It’s extremely hard to get recognized in this world these days and you would be setting yourself up to fail if you only have one outlet.

Things were different a decade ago so throw out everything you were taught about the art world and seek feedback from your biggest supporters… your customers… from your own website, from social media and other community-based photography sites. Increase your creative footprint and you’ll increase awareness of your art.

 

EWW:  Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work?  If you do use social media platform, which one(s) work the best for you?  Why?

Az: These days social media is a necessary evil. Based on my research on social media is actually destroying the social construct of humanity. All the major platforms have cheated us, sold us out, broken our trust and are now seeking to silence our voice and further constrict our freedoms while making billions. Personally, I don’t think that’s fair and I don’t want to be a part of the problem.

So, therefore, I use social media very carefully and strategically. Facebook has taken away the chance to become popular by hard work, so I don’t post images to Facebook directly. I post links to my website and the images pop up on my feed. I use social media only as a means of awareness.

A business tip from one of my mentors… Find where your customers hang out and only focus on promoting to your top 2-3 social media platforms.

 

EWW:  Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work, that you think would be important for others to know about?

Az: Art is subjective and personal and what I have learned from this experience is that you have to have total faith in yourself as an artist.

If you are looking at becoming an artist or to delve deeper into your craft, listen to and follow your intuition first and foremost. In fact, allocate some “me time” and ask yourself some honest questions about your life. If you can match up what you want to do with who you want to become in a way that helps others, then you have a recipe for success. Ponder this… If you died today how would others perceive you? What would they say about you? What would be your legacy?

Be the inspiration you seek. Be the leader you follow. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

 

Website(s): http://azjackson.com/

 

When Empires Fall

When Empires Fall

Tree Leaves On A Sea Change

Tree Leaves On A Sea Change

Tranquil Tasmania

Tranquil Tasmania

The Rise Of The Headless Horseman

The Rise Of The Headless Horseman

The Human Evolution

The Human Evolution

Entwined In Interconnectivity

Entwined In Interconnectivity

Conscious Creator In Awakening

Conscious Creator In Awakening

 

Interview with Ryan Jorgensen Photographer / Digital Manipulation, TAS, Australia

Artistic winter fashion portrait of a cold young man freezing in the blue frost of falling snow. In season clothes

EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?

Ryan:   The quantity of works in my portfolio would be the most obvious thing people notice when first perusing my work. I’ve got a razor-sharp focus which is a positive and negative, usually equating to a 7-day waking work week, while the dishes pile and lawn unkemptly photosynthesizes. Thank goodness for the local wallaby lawnmowers, otherwise, my house would be lost to the grass.

EWW: What qualities of your work would you comment on first?

Ryan:   My work is a little quirky, I think my odd personality seeps into it aesthetically. I’ve never really had any artistic idols, so haven’t had any background influences guiding my style, I just tend to go in whatever direction feels right. My editing style (as with my choice in subjects) change from season to season, so this adds to the overall randomness quirk.

 

EWW: What are your overall challenges in doing your work?

Ryan: Finances are the biggest challenge in my work.  If I had crazy money, I could do some epically elaborate themes. I’ve spent most of my career working with faulty equipment and a shoestring budget, but this kind of adversity only build character in personality and character in artistic creations.

 

EWW:  When doing a shoot, what are the challenges?

Ryan: the constraints from market competitiveness on subject matter feasibility. I would have an endless choice in the subject matter with a highly converting folio, but getting a return on investment is a tricky gig in the competitive modern photography market. It’s been a blessing in that it has forced me to make magic with low budget subjects, one could class this an art form onto itself.

 

EWW: You have several galleries in your portfolio.  Do you have a favorite?  Why?

Ryan: I’m loving the style of pop art at the moment, so that would be my current favorite, however on a broader scale I’m a sucker for vintage fashion themes, so pinup would be my ultimate favorite. Not sure why this subject grabs me so much, maybe I was a flapper in the last life. I used to adore the horror genre, that was until I found out about the real horrors that go on in the higher echelons of power (see whistleblowers Ronald Bernard, Fiona Barnett etc.) I’ve since turned off horror. I have trouble even viewing this genre now.

 

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run in all your work such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Ryan: Probably creative rebellion to technicality.  Nothing irks me more than rules, and when people purport to constrain the art form of photography, I do my utmost to break these preconceived deceptions. Real photography is art and in art, there are no rules.

 

 EWW:  Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?  If so, why?

Ryan: I do think it’s highly advantageous to hold your own domain, especially if that domain has a cart for direct conversions. You’re doing yourself a disservice If you’re only selling on open marketplaces, as its competition city, with any search deviations equating to lost sales. If, however, you can direct traffic to your own little corner of the internet, conversions will be a lot easier (especially should the buyer decide to peruse other pieces on the site).

 

EWW:  Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work?  If you do use social media platform, which one(s) work the best for you?

Ryan: I did have a solid go with DARPAgram (AKA Instagram) but didn’t have much success. I think it may have been my inability to refrain from dropping truth bomb posts, which ultimately led to me being shadow banned. Personally, I’ve found the only reliable SM for art promotion to be Pinterest, it seems a logical choice with many users hunting for interior color pallets and decorating ideas. When you offer up a ready-made framed print that can be collected to a user’s décor moodboard, an instant sale is a much greater chance.

 

EWW: Do you have any advice for individuals just starting to explore photography?

Ryan: *DON’T DO IT…. lol *jokes. It’s by no means an easy task, but if your heart is in photography, and you’ve got the determination and stubbornness of an Alaskan Ox, then you can make anything happen. The most important thing you can do is write down a clearly defined list of determinable objectives, goals if you wish. Buy a cork board and pin visuals relating to conquering these objectives. Lastly, write down a battle plan for daily to-dos you must complete to meet the above-mentioned goals. If you can train your mind, the world is your oyster.

 

EWW:  Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?

Ryan: It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love, every day. To all the artists out there, enjoy the ride that your art brings. Create what you love and create it often. Embrace the terrible work of your past, it’s the rugged footholds in your expansive artistic journey.

Website(s): http://jorgo.photography/

 

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Bottle Collector

Bottle Collector

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow

Fire Truck Blues

Fire Truck Blues

Captains Flight

Captains Flight

Santa Fe Vintage

Santa Fe Vintage

Shelter In The Storm

Shelter In The Storm

 

EWW: I am curious to know, what qualities of your work would others comment on first?
Steven: The use of color and the details in the photographs, and often the unique subject matter.

 

EWW: When doing a shoot, what are the challenges you encounter?
Steven: Most of my photography is done outdoors. The weather and lighting is often a challenge. Visiting a location at optimal times are often very important in able to obtain a proper photograph.

 

EWW: Do you have a favorite theme or subject matter? If you do, Why?Steven: My favorite theme is what I call American Relics, items forgotten by modern society. This would include vintage buildings, vintage signs, and vintage trucks. These subjects are often abandoned and offer a wealth unnoticed beauty.

 

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there elements of your work that consistently run in all your work such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Steven: The use of bold colors and a gritty edge runs throughout most of my photographs.

 

EWW: In your opinion, for photographic artists what are the best ways for them to promote your work?
Steven: An online presence is very important to promote photography. Local art galleries and shows are a good place to provide exposure.

 

EWW: Do you use social media? If you do use social media, which one(s) work the best for you?
Steven: Facebook and Twitter seem to provide the best promotion for my photography.

 

EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Steven: Visiting locations for photography often needs a great deal of planning and work. Sharing photography with others is often the best reward.

Website(s):
http://steven-bateson.pixels.com
https://stevenbateson.smugmug.com

 

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 Scott Hansen, Photographer, Beaufort, SC, USA 

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Interview with Scott Hansen

EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?

Scott: I get a lot of comments on my black and white images – especially the ones taken at the Old Sheldon Church.  Black and white photography has always been my favorite, so I tend to focus more on it than on producing color images.

 

EWW: What are your challenges in doing your work?

Scott:Finding the right scene with all the elements in place can be a challenge.  Also, having the right light is huge, but also things like having clouds in the sky.  A cloudless sky is just dead space in your image.

 

EWW:  When doing a shoot, besides the weather, what are the challenges?

Scott: A lot of what I mentioned above.  Lighting and location are huge.  Location being the landscape or subject that I’m photographing.  But as I think about it, there is something else that can become a major challenge – getting bored with your subject.  What I mean is shooting the same location over and over.  You don’t ever see a scene the same as you do the first time you lay your eyes on it.

 

EWW: You have several galleries such as the old Shelton Church, Shrimp Boats, Historic Place, Trains, and Trucks, etc.  Do you have a favorite?  Why?

Scott: The old Sheldon Church probably my favorite location to photograph.  There is really a lot of potential there.  However, it is a very well photographed location, so finding an angle that hasn’t already been taken is difficult.

 

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Scott: Most of my images will have a low country flare to them.  With all the live oaks and Spanish moss in my area, it would be difficult not to capture a little of the low country in each shot.

 

EWW:  Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?

Scott: I do think it’s a good idea for photographers to have their own website, but probably more important these days to have a Facebook account.  You can use your Facebook account as a marketing platform to drive people to your website as well as your online galleries.

 

EWW:  Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work?  If you do use social media platform seems, which one(s) work the best for you?

Scott: I primarily use Facebook.  But in the future, something else may take its place.  The key is to be on the platform that everyone else is using.

Another one I like is Flickr.  In fact, I think that any photographer starting out should set up a Flickr account.  Be sure to tag your image up well.  Descriptive tags will enable people to find your work. Also, be sure to join several groups and actively post your images to those groups, and, be active in the group discussions.  This will draw more people to your page.

 

EWW:  Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?

Scott: I do.  keep striving to learn new things, and don’t let your head get too big.  When I first started posing images to Flickr, I felt I was a good photographer — But now, looking back… not so much so.

Capturing the image is only the first step.  Most good images are made great in the editing process.  There are some great programs out there that will plug into Adobe Lightroom as well Photoshop.  Many will even work well as a stand-alone program.

Google has purchased the Nik filters and made them free to download.  The Nik Silver Effects Pro is a must for any serious Black and White photographer.

 

Website(s):

http://thehansengallery.com

http://lowcountryphotography.net

 

EMOTIONS 2018 Group Exhibition

 

Emotion is often defined as strong feelings toward or those same feelings triggered by a specific object, situation or activity.  These feelings range from fear and despair to happiness and hopefulness.  Photographers and Digital artists were asked to visually show and emotion.  

Below are the top three placements for this competition selected by our juror panel.

Love Is Original - Best In Competition, Charlann Meluso

Love Is Original - Best In Competition, Charlann Meluso

Compassion

Auschwitz Memorium, 2nd Place, Matthew Jackson

Auschwitz Memorium, 2nd Place, Matthew Jackson

Deep & Utter sadness

Aftermath, 3rd Place, Matthew Jackson

Aftermath, 3rd Place, Matthew Jackson

Despair

 

To see more, of this exhibition got to Emotions, Group Exhibition 2018

 

 

Mckenna Hallett has been helping improve marketing skills and selling skills for over three decades. She is especially dedicated to the artist community. In this interview, we will tap her knowledge base about the role that an effective website plays in encouraging sales. To learn more about her and the services she provides the artist community, visit her website. https://www.mygoldenwords.com

 

We recently had the opportunity to interview McKenna Hallett about website development.  Here are some “pearls of Wisdom” that she had to share.

What advice do you offer someone who is just getting started with a website?

Mckenna:  I wish there was a magic wand, but artists need to understand that to thrive and find loving homes for their art requires a foundation of marketing and being a “business” co-equally with being an artist. For those that are self-taught or those who have MFA degrees, the advice is identical: marketing is a verb and you must learn to get your work into the “market” place. And the marketplace must include a very savvy and well designed (for marketing) website.

Ideally, for the best search results, you should be actively changing information (a blog, events page, new work added) at least monthly in order for Google to consider you an active “resource”.  If you have an older, untouched, site, it’s very likely that you need a fresh start. There are incredibly simple building tools available today. Starting over is often easier than trying to apply CPR to a site that is outdated and using really old technology.

Assuming they need to rebuild, what is the foundation of a good site?

Mckenna: I am going to sound like a broken record, but marketing is a verb. And so is selling. Buying is also a verb. These three actions need to be at the core of a website. The website must be entertaining, educational, and enticing. Leave out one of those components and you will have a tough go trying to make a sale. As for selling, you are definitely not in business if you don’t have a way for someone to buy from you online.

What do you mean by entertaining?

Mckenna: Good question. I am not saying be a comedian, but we must be interesting, right? Every encounter we humans experience starts in our egos. We need to know, first and foremost, “What’s in it for me?” and we hunt (pretty much all the time) for validation of our needs and what we can get from nearly every experience. We are not curious about the art per se as much as we are curious about what the art will be able to do for our hearts and minds in the long term. Therefore, if you don’t include a “wow” factor, you won’t wow anyone into taking time on your site.

I was on a consulting call last week with an artist who still works in a darkroom. That fact didn’t show up anywhere on the site until reading the third paragraph of the about page. I advised this artist to create a quick 15 to 30 second video for the home page. A video that filled the page showing a photo being processed in a dark room – red light and all! That is a WOW story. That video will instantly entertain, educate, and entice all in fewer than 30 seconds – all within seconds of arriving on the site.

What else can be educational?

Mckenna: Being “educational” is drawn with a fine line. You must educate on the specifics – size, shape, color, materials and so forth of individual work – AND you want them to be educated about your “wow factors”.  This line is crossed when there are pages full of words about the process. This will kill momentum.  Instead, a page devoted to FAQ’s – which can include process details – is still the tried and true way to keep people on your site and considering a purchase. Anyone who clicks to see the FAQ’s is considering a purchase. Therefore, you need to think about every question you can imagine. People don’t need and probably won’t read all the answers, but they want to know the answers are there if they need them. Put the questions in a most important to least important order on the page.

Many artists struggle with an About page or an Artist Statement. What do you think is effective? Do artist need both?

Mckenna: Same as before, this is a selling opportunity. As such, it’s important to “entertain, educate, and entice” on these pages more than any other. An About Page might need to exist if your process is complex. So a page devoted to “about the process” might really be important.

Just because it’s called the “About page” or “Artist Statement”, it’s still not about you. Once again, you really don’t need to dig too deeply into your history or background in the actual Artist Statement. Create a separate CV and place it under your artist statement.

And this is really important: The Artist Statement must be your thoughts, in the first person, about your art. By the way, the entire site needs to use first person voice and be authentic. Record what you might say to someone who you meet at a gathering in answer to the age-old question, “What do you do?” Just tell people what you do and then why you do it in plain English from your heart.

Bottom line: when they are done reading your Artist Statement, they should be refreshingly excited about viewing your collection and want to remain ON your site.

When you say entice, this is the result?

Mckenna: Exactly right, Ed. They entered the site. They saw work that resonates. They want to know who you are and where you are from and a little tiny bit about your motivations or methods. What we want to do is create a funnel to the possibility of buying. So naturally we need to entice a person into digging deeper about a specific piece: How much, how big, what medium? They like you and now they need to find a piece of art that they like and can afford.  Your collectors need to be able to point to a piece of art in their collection and say something about it that “wowed” them – that thing that motivated them to buy. We all have that story ready to share about everything we buy and art is no different.

Should an artist have a shopping cart? Isn’t that too commercial or too manufactured feeling or even a bit crass?

Mckenna: Unless they are fully represented by galleries and don’t want to appear to compete, they should make it easy for people to find and purchase art to add to their lives. To avoid “crass”, I counsel artists to remain independent of cookie-cutter shopping websites. I also never recommend people put their original fine art on sites that have that in-your-face “buy now” button mentality – think Etsy or some of the sites that offer print-on-demand products to sell; coffee cups, tote bags, et al.

That said, some art is really suited to phone cases and pillows, so go for it! However, if you use a site like that as a default because it’s easy to set up, you need to rethink what “easy” is in today’s world. To be in control of your appearance and reputation, I highly recommend using the ridiculously simple site builder called WIX.

Even Google recommends WIX. You own your domain in full and that means you control your SEO. It’s as easy as anything else you might consider using. It’s as easy as using any social media site. If you are already using WordPress, then add the shopping cart plugin Woo Commerce and you are good to go.

 Are there any other things to avoid when getting a website up and running?

Mckenna: I think the number one thing to avoid is to make your site so complex, with lots of words and very few pictures (or vice versa!) that people just click away.  Over 50 percent of visitors to a page “bounce” away from the entire site within 15 seconds. If they have to digest too many choices of where to go, they just get overwhelmed and leave. You are the tour guide. Funnel their interests into the consideration of ownership.

What about the “do’s”?

Mckenna: Do be authentic. Use your personality everywhere on your site. Avoid “corporate” speak and multi-syllable words. Have pictures of you, your pet, your studio, your spouse and kids if that feels okay to you. You are a big part of what they are falling in love with. Be lovable.

And even if you don’t have a shopping cart, yet, do have prices. Do “ask” for the sale – that is to say, use language that encourages ownership and avoid passive or “wishful” sentiments, like, “I have a goal of creating wonderful art for people to buy.” Change that to, “You will see wonderful art on this site that is finding homes just like yours. Click to enjoy my newest pieces here” and link to a page with images to view – with prices. I repeat: with prices.

If someone is interested in getting their site reviewed, do you offer that service?

Mckenna: They can visit https://mygoldenwords.com/website-review-services/  to learn more. I offer free reviews. I generally only offer it to those who are on my email list, but I am making an exception for your audience.  However, people should join my list to get notices of offers and be alerted to new blog posts, too.

Ed: Thanks for taking so much time to address these issues for our readers.

Mckenna: My passion to help artists made this as worthwhile for me as I hope it is for your readers. If they want to add questions in the comments, I will stay tuned for a few days to try and address them.

Lois Bryan, photographer / photography-based digital artist, Charles Town, West Virginia   USA

 

It'sElemental

It'sElemental

Counter Seating Available

Counter Seating Available

One Room School

One Room School

Perseverance

Perseverance

Storm's Coming

Storm's Coming

Night Blooming Dogwood

Night Blooming Dogwood

 

Interview with Lois Bryan

What qualities of your work would others comment on first?

Lois: I think color.  I grew up … well … a while back.  Color film was a luxury in my humble home, so most of the shots from my childhood are black and white.  I remember a day spent at my grandparent’s farm (I was probably pre-teens?) shooting the old barns, rusty farm equipment, the undersides of buttercups … the whole creative deal … only to discover once the pics were developed that the film was black and white.  I’ve never forgotten the disappointment. At that time television was black and white, as were a lot of the movies.  So all the drama and excitement of today’s fabulous black and white artwork goes right over my head.  I do have pastel and neutral toned images in my portfolio … even a couple of black and whites.  But mostly … color.

What are your challenges in doing your work?

Lois: My challenge is probably a common one … and that’s time … both lack of and use of.  Though I’ve been working diligently to simplify my life in the past few years, just like everyone I have other obligations and commitments.

Plus, we can’t really dictate when the creative spark will hit.  My best times are usually pretty late at night.  I’m sure a neurologist or psychiatrist would have a theory, but it seems like there’s an invisible line … a zone.  I’m still awake but my brain has tripped over that line and is in a fluffy-float-y place where anything’s possible.  That sounds a bit woo-woo, I know.  But time … as a definable, quantifiable thing, completely disappears when I’m in the zone.  Hours fly by … storms rage … wars begin and end … (my husband says goodnight and the dog wants a cookie) but I’m oblivious.  Though I don’t have a life where I have to be at an office at 8:00 the next morning (thank goodness), I do have a “real” life that needs my attention when the sun is up … my wide-awake attention.  So playing in the zone until too late at night (or too far into the wee hours of the am) isn’t practical.

Your works cover many different subject matters.  Do You Have a favorite?  Why?

Lois: I really don’t.  Each has its own appeal, and I love each for different reasons.  I think a lot of what I produce is a direct result of chance.  When the camera and I are in the same place at the same time, and something catches my eye, the shutter button will get clicked.  Yes, I go out to specifically capture an autumn landscape, or soaring eagles, or colorful spring flowers and gardens.  But even the sun gleaming on the chrome of a stool in an old-fashioned diner can be magic.  It’s more a matter of opportunity than anything else.  If it’s there and the light is right … I’ll snap it.

Beyond that, my choices of whether or not to publish an image depend on many factors, but I like to say emotion, subject matter, light and “bones” are critical. Whether a piece stands on its own as straight photography or whether I edit heavily depends on the image itself.  It will tell me what it wants me to do, and I’ll try to oblige.  Lately I’ve been experimenting with getting back to my first love … freehand drawing, sketching and painting.  I’ve been creating digitally using Corel Painter instead of traditional pencils, paper and paints.  I’m thrilled that my eyes and hands can still work together.

Are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Yes, I think so.

Sadly, I’m all over the place with style. I’ve often fussed at myself for never having developed an identifiable style, but it’s only because I keep evolving what I’m doing.  The experimenting is too much fun.  Over the years I’ve gone from straight photography to HDR to Orton to textures to filtered work to digital hand painting of photo-based images to freehand digital sketches and paintings … and more. They say it’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journey.  Both are important, but I do get a kick out of the journey.

Over the years, I’ve hit on a couple of styles that have been popular, and it would have been easy and probably smart to keep producing those, but I just can’t.  I mean, yawn.  I don’t know how other people do it.  I have to keep learning and trying new ideas.

Even admitting the above, I do think there are consistencies.  I’ve already mentioned color.  Love color.

But I think the most consistent theme would be hopefulness.  Yes, there are a few pieces on the cranky side … but that’s normal.  By and large, I believe what’s seen in my stuff is uplifting … images filled with serenity and a sense of fun.

 

 

Do you think it is important for photographer / photography-based digital artist to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?  Why?

Lois: Yes I do.  I’m on several art POD sites (that stands for Print On Demand).  And I’m sure a good bit of my success is thanks to the search engines there.  This includes sales but also being “found” by various companies looking to do everything from licensing images to interviews in magazines.  Not to mention the benefits of being in an environment of like-minded individuals who daily inspire and encourage, as I hope I do for them as well.

But in order not to get lost in the crowd, my individual marketing efforts are mostly directed back to my own website.  It’s far too easy in the world of online art sites for a potential client to wobble off onto someone else’s pages and not even realize it.  More than once I’ve made a personal contact … had them Google me … and instead of finding my personal site, they find me on one of the POD sites.  Images they described to me later weren’t all mine:  my client wobbled!!  (Lesson learned: always have business cards on hand.)

The answer is a nice balance of both … a presence on reputable art sites that produce quality product … and my own website where my clients can’t wobble.

 

If you do use social media platforms to promote your work, which one(s) work the best for you?

Lois: Yes, I do.  I don’t know of any out there that I haven’t at least tried.  However, my marketing on them can be quite time consuming and I have no idea which work best.  I think there are analytic programs that track visitor’s origination, but I haven’t had much luck making heads or tails out of those.  Not really my thing.  So I plod along putting in time on the ones that seem to create a buzz (hits, likes, responses – nothing scientific) … promoting my images and also promoting the work of others.  I’m a big believer in the Golden Rule:  do unto others.  By that I mean, in promoting other people’s work, I hope they’ll promote mine as well.  It’s like dropping a pebble into a pond … those ripples can reach far and wide.

 

Do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?

Lois: In my opinion art … good art … is all about emotion and connection.  When you look at the right image … the right image for who you are at that given moment in time … you feel it.  You’re connected with the art and with the artist.  Visual art is all about a message or a mood that is conveyed without language barriers … it’s a universal that reaches across space and time.

Next time you’re out and about, take an extra moment to look at the art around you … if you’re lucky and find something you connect with, try to figure out what the artist or photographer is saying.  Maybe he’s just waving hello at you from years ago … or maybe he’s trying to tell you something.  If you’re already feeling that ethereal bond, chances are his message might be important.

Website(s):  https://lois-bryan.pixels.com

Blog URL:  http://1stangel.co.uk/loisbryanphotography/

 

 

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Majestic Maple

Majestic Maple

Crossing Over

Crossing Over

Old Mill Waterfall

Old Mill Waterfall

Bingham Falls

Bingham Falls

 

EMOTIONS – new competition and group exhibition

 

Interview with Alan Brown

EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?

Alan: That’s an interesting and thought-provoking question. Looking in from the outside I would think that others see my work as being bold and uncluttered.

I would hope that viewers find the work interesting and worthy of a second look.

 

EWW: What are your challenges in doing your work?

Alan: I am always on the lookout for compelling subject matter and try to find the beauty that may be overlooked in our day to day lives. Other than that, trying to capture subjects in the most optimal light and weather conditions is a constant battle.

 

EWW:  When doing a shoot, besides the weather, what are the challenges?

Alan: I view inclement weather as an opportunity rather than a challenge and try to select my shoots to best match the prevailing conditions or forecast. That said the long New England winters can limit the scope of work, but also provides unique shooting experiences. Other than that, it is always a challenge to find subject matter that fits the criteria of the types of images I want to capture.

 

 

EWW: You have several galleries such as street, minimalism, Beach and Sea, winter, long exposure, etc.  Do you have a favorite?

Alan: I have always been drawn to minimalistic work, and I think influences of that can be found throughout my galleries. Minimalism would have to be my favorite.

That said I do enjoy the challenges posed by different genres, whether it be the skill required to capture fleeting moments of a street shot or the technical aspects and vision required for long exposure work.

 

EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?

Alan: I would have to say that the recurring theme for much of my work has a very clear focal point and perhaps a minimalistic or graphic undertone. This was never a plan but something I seem to have been drawn to organically.

 

EWW: Many of your images are black and white.  What are the deciding factors for you when choosing to do an image in color or black and white?

Alan: I have always been drawn to the rich work of the classic black and white photographers and find myself increasingly taking images with a plan to convert.

I find color can be an overpowering distraction in an image, drawing the eye from the intended composition. Once the veneer of color is removed, I think there is a greater emphasis on tone, texture, and composition – this provides the viewer a perspective that differs from what they see in their colorful everyday life.

My feeling is that if color cannot be managed to support a composition, I convert to black and white to see if that strengthens the image.

 

Website: https://www.alanbrownphotography.com/

 

 

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