Category: Process

Ghosts in the Machines…

There hasn’t been a lot of work going on in this blog for the last couple of months mostly due to the work that’s been going into Shards Of Arcadia. It’s been taking some time to get some of the back end processes for the online shop running smoothly and additionally picking up a couple of sales. That doesn’t mean this blog is forgotten but as I mentioned in the last post there will be a change of direction for this blog.

Some time ago I was out at a friend’s property taking some shots and came across a few abandoned cars, as seems to be the case quite often on farms. Anyway I was fascinated with the way that the shrubs & bushes had begun to absorb the wrecks and create Car Wraiths. I will print at least a couple of these during my next print session. They make very interesting pieces.

One thing I’ve been doing a lot more of in recent months is printing my photographs. There’s definitely something pleasing about seeing your own work up on a wall in a frame. It gives the photograph another layer of existence. Yes, you can have hundreds up on the internet on a site, but there’s something really satisfying about having done the work in Lightroom and whatever additional post-processing you’ve done to help the original image shine to it’s full potential, then seeing it take a very tangible presence on a wall in a frame that helps it but doesn’t over power it. Also there’s the interesting possibilities when you decided to place a number of prints together in a frame and need to arrange images to give the whole a balance just as important as it is for the composition within a single image.

Making Use of Unproductive Downtime…

So further on this 365 Day plan. Having thought about it a bit more, I’ve decided that the Goal should be to spend no more than an hour on the shot each day. That doesn’t include any post production afterwards. Normally that is 5 to 10 minutes maximum. However on Friday (which is the day of the work week scheduled for work on Shards of Arcadia business I will then spruce up the previous week’s collection of shots and post up on Alamy.

This is both an exercise in skill development as well as discipline. I hope, as time goes on that this practice will develop my ability to pull up stock art shots quickly and provide a quality shot in a minimum amount of time in comparison to my more “art focussed” work. Additionally during that period where I’m working on the stock in the Post Production Session, after uploading I shall spend a bit of time researching forums & blogs for what seems to be in demand (or lacking) at the moment. If I can develop some work around those themes, it’s likely something will be in a better position to sell.

Additionally I’m starting another exercise, building a collection of oddities that will serve as inspiration for shots when I’m struggling for an idea. So as I find interesting things that I think that could make an interesting shot, if it’s small enough it will go in the “Rainy Day Shot Box” for inspiration. If it’s too big to go in the box obviously I need to make a note about it in my “Inspiration Journal”. So if I don’t have a project on, or it’s not feasible to be working on one of the Projects, I can reach into either the “RD Shot Box” or the “IJ” for something to work on. Not sure my life can afford many more wasted moments.