Hello. This is my first attempt at doing anything like this. I have a feeling that I should have done it years ago. What I am talking about is self-employment. I just hope that I can get it to work. I have been a frustrated artist for many years. I have never had, or known how to get, the breaks I needed to get going. I was unlucky at Art College in that my department was closed down in my final year, so I had no tutoring or guidance, nor any help with potential career prospects. To be honest though, although I got a good result, I wouldn't have listened to many people back then, I was arrogant and stupid.
Now, I have grown up.. sort of. I am still not brilliant at listening to people, but I do have a better sense of how to work efficiently. My self-confidence could be a lot better, but I am here doing something I really believe in.
I know I am not the best photographer in the world, I couldn't even call myself a professional, but some of the pictures here may be of interest to some, of that I am sure.
I have discussed my work a fair bit of late, and I have had to take some criticism on board, which is always tricky, but healthy. One of my close friends said to me that he would rather be in the places I have pictured than buy a print. This annoyed me at first, but then I realised that I was succeeding in my efforts in some way. You see, when I am out in the woods or wherever taking these photographs, it is often about capturing the feel of the whole place, even the things that are outside of the frame. I think of my audience and what they will be viewing and I will often try to place them at the scene. So, for my sceptical friend to prefer to be 'in' my photographs is perfectly alright. I hope he realises that it will take him a lot of effort to find those precise moments and places.In fact, it is almost certainly impossible.
Pictures on your wall serve as virtual spaces that you can visit. Portals to a place in your mind where you want to be.
I hope that some of my pictures can serve that very personal purpose.
On a practical note, I would very much welcome some input as to what you would like to see, or not to see sold in my shop here. Also, how it all works for you. It looks OK from where I am. Hopefully I have got the prices about right. I don't want to rip people off (or sell myself short for that matter). Please let me know your thoughts.
I will build on this as time goes by. Drop by every so often, as I will be posting new work regularly and I have some shows in the pipeline. Let me know how I am doing.
Thanks for reading