Thursday, 22 December 2011

I've been fulfilling a Gallery order

And it came out of the blue...

Colour from Black and White

I got a call from Norman, owner of Kaya Gallery on Plymouth's Barbican. He'd had a customer call in asking after a print of my Barbican Steps shot, actually one of Norman's favourites from my b&w collection.

I called in to talk about it face to face and to catch up with any news. While I was there, I took the opportunity to show Norman some of my recent colour work and he chose four there and then! He was really, really taken by the shot used for the cover of Plymouth Magazine (see previous post) and returned to it a few times to look again.

Barbican By Night

Norman was also really taken with this one of the surfers and was another he kept returning to:

Last Surf of the Day

While looking through some others, at one point he peered at Burgh Island, which was in the background to the main subject, and said something about the hotel. I didn't say anything at the time but I knew I had a photo of it waiting in the digital darkroom. So I resolved to process it as soon as I could, and then show him when I delivered the others - to try for another sale, of course ;)

Before I left, I gave Norman one of my 2012 calendars as a portfolio of some of my work. Even though it's for the American market (i.e. with major American holidays and events marked on it) he was really pleased with it.

I went home and ordered the mounts etc and got on with the printing. I'm really, really impressed with the quality of the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 - every time I fire it up after a not having used it for a while, I bless the time spent on profiling etc. The prints are true to what I see on screen and it really does my photos justice.

Anyway, once that lot was done, I got on with the one of Burgh Island Hotel. I was pleased with what I thought would be its appeal to Norman and his customers, so duly printed it as well.
Time passed and some more redecorating took place (I'm working on bits of the kitchen and front room right now) and then....

..the mounts arrived.

I got to work right away, getting them signed, mounted and bagged. A quick call to Norman to confirm he was at the gallery and, 20mins later, I handed them over.

I waited until after he'd had a good look, going back and forward mostly between the surfers and the view of the Barbican, drinking them in. He mentioned a couple of times that he'd get the surfers one framed to show it off to its very best. So I guessed he was pleased :) so it was then that I whipped out my Burgh Island Hotel...

Burgh Island Hotel
Burgh Island Hotel

He took a while to acclimatize to it, looking at the others and then coming back to it. It only took a couple of minutes to make up his mind and then he said he'd take that one as well. Mission accomplished!

..From 1 b&w came 5 colour sales so, all in all, I'm a very happy bunny - 6 prints in total and a nice little Christmas present :)

Thank you, Norman!

Post by: +Mark Highton Ridley
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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Got the front cover on a print mag!

I mentioned a while ago that one of my images was being used by a local publication...

Front Cover!

I was a bit hesitant at first as no fee was involved, but the fact it was a print magazine and the extra local exposure I'd gain, made it worth some consideration. The space given to the cover credit I was promised on the inside tipped the balance, so I went ahead with it.

So here's the magazine - and there's a link to my website from this electronic version in the credit (page 3, bottom left):

Click to view the full digital publication online
Read The Plymouth Magazine issue 89
Online Publishing from YUDU

The original image is a landscape orientation and they chose a great crop for the mag. Here's the original:

Barbican At Night
Click the image to see a gallery-style poster print in my Zazzle store - and from there you can see lots more gifts, posters and greetings cards of my Plymouth Series.

I know some of my fellow photographer-blogger friends also occasionally let their local publications use their work. Its got me wondering just how prevalent this is.

If you're a bit of a photog and have been approached for use of your work without a fee, share your experience with us in the comments. Who knows, we might learn something interesting!

Post by: +Mark Highton Ridley
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Monday, 5 December 2011

Newsy update - photos and Zazzle

Been hard at work on designing products for my store over at Zazzle, now reporting back!

Huge changes in time for the Christmas rush

Zazzle made a whole bunch of changes to improve the shopping experience with easier navigation, a cleaner look and enhanced searching. This meant all us storekeepers having to make lots of edits / changes to the way existing products are tagged and categorised to fall in line.

Big job!

As frequently happens, many little glitches and gremlins crept in that made making the changes more than a little tiresome at times, sometimes not "sticking" and needing to be redone.

But, good on Zazzle, the shoppers never saw any of this behind-the-scenes activity - a bit like the graceful swan, not much to see on the surface but mad paddling going on under water!

Many massive coupon savings

Zazzle have really been pushing on their promotion activity (as I have!) having had amazing offers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and some for specific seasonal items. They keep announcing them on the header on each page - so keep your eye out for them!

Back to new designs

Now that I've caught up with all the changes on existing gear, I've been able to finish off the greetings card ranges I was working on when it all happened. Have a look at my Congratulatons cards as an example. Now that they're all done, I'm back once more to creating new designs. In the last week I've been working on expanding my already successful Desiderata range, making sure that there is plenty of variety to suit most tastes.

I find it really pleasing to combine the coming-of-age guidance of Desiderata with some of my fine art photography. I've selected each pairing based on some aspect of my image and the core messages of Desiderata. For example:

Strength, Courage and Determination

Florets spiralling in to pollinated, then
to set seeds in the centre, representing growth
to adulthood, ready for the next of life's phases

Purity and Valour represented by
St George and the Dragon

Tough journeys always have places of Peace
and Serenity to strive for

..and, because it's the season for it...

This one is intended to complement
the idea of Silence and Peace

The good thing about giving these as gifts is, that as well as being positive, encouraging and supportive, they will endure long after other gifts have gone to upgrade heaven. Who in your circle of friends and family would love to receive one?

Post by: +Mark Highton Ridley
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