Thoughts On Self-Promotion

My last post was an announcement for a sale happening on Society6. I have to be honest that while I find creating products from my art enjoyable, I was unprepared for the inevitable next step...promotion.

Self-promotion is very much not me. I am shy, and I become almost apologetic. All this being said, however, I have always intended to share my writing and photography, and dream that the work will be published, purchased, or exhibited.

My intent with Society6 is to make a little money to support bringing The Spaciousness Project into physical form when it is time. At present, it is still a project in progress, and I am creating new work for it regularly. Printing and framing photographs is expensive. I would like to have some room to experiment, to try different labs and papers to see what helps the work shine.

I need to find my peace with the marketing aspect of being an artist. As I become more experienced, perhaps I can find a way to make it fun, creative, even whimsical. 

If you are a creative, I'd love to know how you approach this subject. I welcome your suggestions and thoughts.

And of course, here's how you can find your way to my shop: https://society6.com/claricelbdc

Keep The Channel Open

Yesterday I ordered tickets for Olivia and myself to a Martha Graham Dance Company performance here in Philadelphia next month.  Olivia was given a modern trio this year at her studio, and I thought she might enjoy seeing a professional example of the style.

After I placed my order, I decided to read more about Martha Graham. Eventually, I came across the following quote, which deeply resonated with me.  She was having lunch with American dancer and choreographer, Agnes de Mille, who told her that she had a "burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that she could be." Martha Graham responded:

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action , and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open...

I hope these words bring something to your creative journey this week! 

Trying The Diana

Prior to our St. Augustine vacation, I bought myself a Diana camera.  I am itching to try film again, and this is a fun and inexpensive way to explore. The light is so beautiful and plentiful there, I figured it was a great opportunity to experiment. 

Sunrise. Kodak Portra 100. 

Sunrise. Kodak Portra 100. 

Olivia, St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 100

Olivia, St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 100

Fishing Couple, St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 100.

Fishing Couple, St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 100.

Lazy Fisherman, St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 100.

Lazy Fisherman, St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 100.

Dune Grass, early morning, St. Augustine Beach. Kodak Portra 100

Dune Grass, early morning, St. Augustine Beach. Kodak Portra 100

Trailer, St. Augustine Beach, Sunset. Kodak Portra 400

Trailer, St. Augustine Beach, Sunset. Kodak Portra 400

View From St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 400.

View From St. John's Pier. Kodak Portra 400.

Dune Grass, Early Morning, St. Augustine Beach. Kodak Portra 400.

Dune Grass, Early Morning, St. Augustine Beach. Kodak Portra 400.

Olivia On The Pier, Sunset. Kodak Portra 400

Olivia On The Pier, Sunset. Kodak Portra 400

 

 

Photos Six And Seven

The show will still be up for another couple weeks, in case you haven't had an opportunity to view everyone's work. I'm sharing some more photos here today.

I will be hanging a small selection of earlier work in a local cafe on Friday night. This will be a new experience for me. I'll give more detail in a few days!

The Show Is Live!

The group show from my master class opened yesterday. I hope you will be able to look at everyone's beautiful work during the next month. http://www.catherinejust.com/into-the-deep-show/

To keep the excitement going, I thought I would post one of my photos from the show here every other day.

 

 

 

Ten Self-Portraits

I recently took a ten day self-portraiture class.  We had a prompt for each day, which I have noted below the photographs. Since we posted our photos within a private class page, I wanted to see my images together, as well as have a record of what camera I used and how I edited them.

1. Identity; DSLR, distressed_fx; 2. Relationships; DSLR, distressed_fx; 3. Alternative Space; DSLR, distressed_fx; 4. Metaphor, Symbolism, Object; iPhone, distressed_fx; 5. Body Image; iPhone, slowshutter; 6. Surrogate; iPhone, Hipstamatic; 7. Conversations; DSLR, distressed_fx; 8. Mourning & Loss; DSLR, VSCO; 9. Secrets; DSLR, PicTapGo; 10. Ending & Beginning; DSLR, PicTapGo

Naphopomo: Days Twenty Eight To Thirty

It was a gorgeous holiday weekend...

Now, let's make that transition.  Here goes...See you on the other side.

Naphopomo: Days Twenty Five To Twenty Seven

Thanksgiving was full of cooking, friends, good weather, and fatigue. Now it's time to enjoy the long weekend, eat leftovers, and rest.

For some reason, I felt like shooting in black and white.  A needed change of pace, I suppose.  Enjoy the weekend!

 

Naphopomo: Days Twelve to Twenty Four

I disappeared into the work of a course for a couple weeks.  I don't always know how time consuming the assignments are going to be for me. 

I'm not going to compensate by bringing you a photo for every day I was gone, but if you'd like to see my work from the course, you will find it on IG.  Instead, I thought I would show you some outtakes and other random images.