The Essex Design & Craft Show at RHS Hyde Hall over the recent Bank Holiday was a great success with apparently over 7000 people visiting during the 3 day event. As ever, well organised, with many quality suppliers.
I was almost overwhelmed on the second day by the comments & compliments about my work. Most humbling but nevertheless gratefully received. I need to work out how to translate this interest to sales; there must be a way but I have yet to realise it! It still strikes me as odd when there can be so much interest one day but little the next. I keep telling myself there is no point in trying to rationalise why things happen the way they do but I am fascinated my the vagaries.
Hearing what people think of my work and how they interpret it is important; I look at my work very technically so perhaps do not see what others do. Interestingly I can take a picture and just leave it untouched in my stock as I could not quite see the potential at the time only to find months and occasionally years later that the image actually is worthy.
It is almost 5 years since I set up my business and I wish I had known then what I know today. My timing was rather awful, recession, increase in VAT and so on. It has and remains an uphill struggle but I try and supplement my landscape passion through commercial commissions one of which I have recently completed. Below is a montage of images from the commission. Of course it is work and a source of income but I get great pleasure and satisfaction from using my skills in a different way.
Although after my next event I am taking a break from shows until September I remain available for commissions, commercial and landscape so if you know anyone who is looking for photographic services from someone who really cares about what they do and how they do it, please ask them to get in touch. One area I will not touch though are weddings. Not my forte.
On 14th June I will be part of Dedham Art Fair run by Arcady Events in the Heritage Assembly Rooms, Dedham from 1000-1600. That will be it until 4th September when I will return to Spitalfields Arts Market. Images remain available through my web site and at Havens in Westcliff and I am more than happy to bring images from my stock for anyone who has a mind to want to purchase a piece of my work.
I hope to get away with my camera during the next few months but with our house move dragging on it is unwise to make any definite plans so I will probably just play it by ear.
I was pleased to be part of Totally Photographic at Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare, Suffolk during February so I am especially grateful to the gallery owners for asking me to provide mounted pictures to be on exclusive sale from mid-June. I have chosen a selection of images from recent years during my trips to Suffolk, some of which will be in print for the first time and available only from Sea Pictures Gallery. All will be limited editions. Here are three examples.......
That's it for this month, thank you for reading and please feel free to pass on my Blog to anyone you think may be interested.