My personal musings, art and art that I admire.
Art shouldn't be advertised but all advertising should be art.
Admire. Explore your world.
"Three hours in the Azores, I find myself faced with the most stunning sunset I’ve seen since Iceland. The storm waves topple into Ponta Delgada’s black volcanic beaches blasting a fiery sunlit golden spray into the air. Tomorrow we begin a 4 day trek across the Atlantic. Is Bermuda still there? Because that’s where we’re heading… (at Açores - Azores)”
Nothing ruins a photo more than a watermark. It timidly displays the photographer’s signature while it unapologetically interrupts the photo’s story and composition. It’s an age-old compromise to deter amazing work from being stolen or misattributed.
I strongly believe there is a better way. Photographers and creatives alike should be proud of their trademark and should be willing to show it off. Likewise great photos should be showcased well. Too often they are left naked when well-placed type can truly help the photographer advertise her or his work and give the photo the setting it needs.
I’ll add the perspective that I am not a photographer by trade. I shoot for fun and because I see things, patterns, happenings that I want to tell a story about. I’m of the school of thought that if you want to promote your work posting it to the nebulous universe of the interweb simply isn’t enough. It’s needs its own bravado.
To experiment with this idea, I’m venturing down a new path of shameless self promotion. On Monday, I will launch my first “real” series. Titled, “Explore Your World” it has a running theme of viewing machines—the hallmark of tourist attraction. In each location that I visit, I use it as home base and venture out from there. It’s a challenge to my audience to venture into the world that you’ve seen through the viewing machine.
I’m excited to share these pieces with you and I hope you’ll be inspired to explore the idea of shamelessly advertising and promoting your work.
Admire. “The Problem” by @jackiehillperry