Photographer Spreading the Word. Work is For Sale

It’s been a busy old week. Having spent three glorious sunny days last weekend catching up with the gardening, when the weather turned cool I came indoors and began  working on actually being found on the wonderful web. As we no longer have effective agencies to sell our work, us creatives have had to find creative solutions to the question ‘how do I get seen?’ Of course a WordPress blog and a website is a start, but experience has shown me it’s not enough to get you off the ‘starving artist’ income I’d like to avoid.

So I investigated Squidoo. The first day was a nightmare. This none techy person was alsmot driven to the point of baldness and rescued by advice from Zazzle people and my partner. The second day I mastered some of the technique need to build a Squidoo lens. Now I’ve got something to tell you about! I’ve made three lenses so far. (go on, cheer!).

Lenses are very specific. Apparently, the more focussed they are, the more successful they are. So I have one on Digital flower art, one on Photographic Flower Art and one all about hellebores, which I featured in a recent WordPress post. They are quite good fun to do, once you learn the system.

I’ve not stopped taking photos, needless to say! So todays offering is an arum lily. My partner brought them for me (yes, he’s a sweetie, though that might ruin his street cred). It’s not an easy flower to photograph, I’ve found. But I’m fairly satisfied with the result. What do you think?

Poorly Rat

Well, this is not my usual kind of post. Tilldawn got an abscess! We had to take him to the vet this morning with a large lump behind his ear. I feared it was a tumour, which rats are prone to, but it’s an abscess. We hope it was caused by fighting with Dusk, as this would mean much less of a chance of it recurring.The vetenary nurse laughed when I said I was going to lecture them both about fighting! I wonder why???Anyway, he’s had the abscess lanced and drained (along with my bank account) and has to have antibiotics, making my trip to see my family in the north more difficult, as we will have to either find a rat-sitter or take him with us.

Dusk2

He came home hungry as no food or drink since 10pm last night, poor thing. So he’s had cuddles, treats and fresh water. No doubt he’s curled up in his new nest sleeping now. We just have to stop him scratching the wound as it heals.

Tilldawn

I’ve been kept very busy with this new Zazzle store. Talk about creative ways to expand! I’ve got sheep mugs, digital flower art and allsorts on there already. It’s really fired me up with a mission. Until now, I’d been feeling really stuck as far as working was concerned. Now I can be as busy as the proverbial bee, but without the sting.

Is Deleting Work?

Ice, Ice Baby

It’s been a funny old day. I’ve spent quite some time deleting photos, filing others and going through my emails. I’ve taken an awful lot of pictures over the last few weeks and not stopped to sort them out, file them or delete the rubbish (oh, yes, there are plenty)!

I’m not afraid to take ten times more photos than I’m ever likely to use, thanks to the modern DSLR. When cameras had to be loaded with a film and developed, that was impossible cost-wise. Now it just makes sense. Why NOT take a shot if it just might work. Try it, get it into the computer and delete it if it’s no good, adjust in RAW if need be and in fact play to your heart’s content. But it does mean considerable amounts of time to go through them all and deleting, editing, processing one by one. The processing I love once I’m in the mood. But spending time pressing delete having decided which ones to keep always makes me feel as if I haven’t done any real work. I don’t know why. It’s all part of the job. I suppose it’s just one I find really boring. So here I am watching a Fred Dibnah tribute (Fred was a TV presenter whose real job was mending and felling industrial chimneys and was a real northern England  character) and writing my blog at 8pm feeling like I’ve made little progress. Having already managed to distract myself by buying two new rats (best pets in the world) I’m now trying to make up for lost time.

Braving the snow

My partner reckons I should count everything I have to do with my photography as work, and I suppose it is. But its photography that feels like play and admin that feels like work. I haven’t finished the deleting or sorting. That’ll be a job for another day then. Todays photos are some from that sorting process. Happy snapping!

Crystals

Now tell me, is deleting work? Do you have a photography job you find boring?

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