So you’re an indie artist and you want to have your work in a commercial gallery. I asked the curator of the gallery I work in for the 5 things he recommended artists do to prepare themselves for submission – the best strategies for getting your work in an art gallery.
I have an explainer video of why you may want to make a zine of your own on my YouTube! Feel free to contribute to the list of complaining comments about how the music is too loud in this particular video.
When you have a compliant subject in a creative portrait shoot, the only limits are your imagination and budget. In this class we focus on the concepts behind unique portrait photography by looking at the work of dozens of world class photographers past and present. We’ll cover where to find subjects, how to approach them, the pros and cons of different types of gear, and some wild approaches to post work and in camera effects that allow you to make unique imagery. I’ll also show you how I do some of my own creative portrait shoots with models in both studio and location settings, and in a travel photography scenario.
This class focuses almost exclusively on putting together a shoot and creative concepts, not gear and technology.
Independent artists are often left to their own devices when it comes to management of their income streams and business choices, and without some guidance, they may find themselves twisting in the wind.
In my 20 years as an artist I’ve presented/ sold/ exhibited my own craft, been a hired freelancer for others, and worked in arts administration/ education/ retail/ exhibition spaces. I have found ways to survive and live a comfortable life for my family as an independent artist, and wanted to make a course that could help others along their path. I know exactly what it is like to leave art school and think “what now?”, having paid student loans to learn a trade that has no apparent career path.
Fortunately, we live in a time where an individual, independent artist can be in touch with a worldwide audience, apply for support from a network of artist grants and residencies, have access to public studio spaces or create worlds entirely from their own home digital tools – we cover these options and more for the independent artist in this course.
I heard a song I instantly fell in love with this week. It’s “Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane” by Australian alternative band Gang of Youths, with lyrics detailing a dream where the singer is married with a child, happy as “pigs rolled in shit,” and during a rainy run to get groceries the singers’ family skids off the road and he has to go ID the bodies in the morgue, at which point the dream ends. The chorus implores the listener to get past their negative thoughts, inspired by a Charles Bukowski quote “as the spirit wanes the form appears.” Musically I think it’s closest to a major key “Comfortably Numb”, slow and epic with classical flourishes.
This week I’m moving out of the fashion photo/ video studio and refocusing the kind of art I make or want to make, and picking sign posts of inspiration that will see what I do in the next year or two years- this song is one of those sign posts. It’s elevating a personal fear and concern, challenging it and elevating it to this amazing level of craft and sharing the story in a polished form.
Photo zines! Small, self published presentations of your photographic works – how and why to make them? I tell you about my experience with copy machine photo zines and Blurb trade books and show you samples of both, then get into why zines are a great option for presenting your photography in a physical way to your audience.