Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Value of a Photograph???
In this modern era of electronic media I have to question the value of worth of such images. The old processes that I began in are dying and no longer used. Now with the Internet the world has become saturated with images, all kinds of images. Is the photographic medium becoming irrelevant? Am I living in a delusional fantasy of a dying art form? What is the relevance of what I create? I know part of it is my own unique vision, allowing others into my world and see it from my perspective? Though there may be great depth in my process and approach, is it of any value to anyone else? It is the history of who I am and how I have lived my life during this time but does that not gain any value until after I am dead.
I have put my images on Red Bubble for 10 months now and have only sold a few postcards. I do not know any artist on Red Bubble who have actually sold anything on there. Though I have certainly bought a few images I am not sure of their value. And I waffle between wither I should add a price or not to the images displayed and keep adding and removing them. Does this hurt and destroy the potential value of my future? But I am to the point where I need to make some money and earn a living. The greatest advantage to Red Bubble is they offer a safe beautiful place where your images can be seen and viewed without risk of being stolen and at least puts your images out for the world to discover. I believe Red Bubble is mostly a site of creation and to network with other creative souls like myself.
Personally I like to have more control of my process, from printing to mounting and framing and putting the signature at the bottom that says this is a part of me that I put forth into the world. To me this is really where the beauty lies is in a finished piece hanging on a wall. But how do you get known if it sits in stack with hundreds of other photos collecting dust in the corner of your studio. I have to figure out somehow to get some kind of return on what I do. I still have bills to pay. I used to have an amazing friend who collected my stuff and it kept my images fresh because it afforded me extra time to create while sustaining me financially. He recently passed away and that connection is now lost. I do work all the time at other jobs and am trying to balance between creation and living. I am afraid the making a living is beginning to win and the creation will be lost soon if I don’t make the connection. I now put everything forth in this project and give myself a year to see if I will survive or not.
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