Open for business
September 1st seems a fitting day for a new venture. A new month marks a fresh start and a clean launchpad.
I’ve finally opened up an online store for my photography, using artist community website Redbubble as my platform. This enables me to display my goods and offer it in numerous formats, from greetings cards and framed prints to canvases. Customers can choose their favourite image and format, add it to their basket and have it delivered to their door. A more simple, direct approach than my old half-hearted, somewhat muddled idea.
This is not a new concept, but it’s a departure for me. My life as a photographer has developed a new strand. I would like to see my work appear on other people’s walls and be proudly displayed. But I’m aware it won’t be easy in an age when anyone can do it.
I have a virtual shop space that I’ve been carefully filling in time for today’s launch. Picking over thousands of images was no mean feat, and made me look at what I’ve done in a different light. Some photographs truly lend themselves to becoming a poster or adorning an empty wall space – they have selling power. I didn’t want to cram my portfolio – it can be carefully and gradually adorned as time progresses. Less is more, as they say.
I know that some of you, my regular contributors and friends here, are already selling your work. I’d love to hear about your experiences of going from hobbyist to dipping a toe in the commercial sphere.
Click on this image panel to visit my Photo Shop. It represents a sample of my wares