With fashion weeks coming up I’m hesitant to commit to a large project just yet because I know I won’t have time to work on the photos. We have two significant projects planned for this spring but neither has started shooting just yet.
That doesn’t mean we’re just sitting around twiddling our thumbs, though. In addition to all the reading and conversations necessary to prepare for fashion week coverage, I’ve been spending some time here in front of the computer playing with digital imagery and minimalist design. The result is seven new poster-size pieces that we’ve placed out on FineArtAmerica.com for sale.
My primary reasoning for selling prints through a third party is because I’m lousy at pulling prints and shipping things in a timely manner. We’ve tried that once before and I’ll not do it ever again. Fine Art America produces quality prints in a variety of sizes and materials, framed, unframed, and stretched canvas, at reasonable prices. I don’t worry whether you’re getting your money’s worth when you buy from them.
This the first time we’ve made digital pieces for sale. My argument has always been that doing so dilutes the brand’s image in the photography market. Increasingly, though, we have as many opportunities in the digital arena as we have photography so it makes sense to market some of those pieces. Take a look at what’s available. Click on any image to see a larger version or place an order.
This piece is a good place to start because at first glance it doesn’t look digital. What we’ve done is taken a photograph that was shot in the studio and transformed it into a more emotionally meaningful outdoor image. We used digital tools to over-paint the photograph and create a scene that didn’t exist. The effect gives it more the feel of a painting but with a bit of digital edge.
This is the one piece that might not fit everyone’s decor. This piece intends to get attention, start conversations, and for those in the know, spark some controversy. We’ve done a couple of provocative things here. First, obviously, is the nude image. Feminists are divided as to whether the nude female form is empowering or objectifying. We’ve always gone with empowering and I’m not convinced there’s any reason to change that stance. Second, we’ve overlayed the names of deities over the body, a couple of which are not supposed to be spoken or put in print by the faithful. We’re not among the faithful and find such rules something less than intelligent. You are your own deity. Run with that.
Going red, anyone? One of my frustrations with social awareness campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp is that they are too easily co-opted by people who are less than sincere. When jumping on a bandwagon becomes the socially expedient thing to do the reason for the movement becomes watered down. Even worse, some people define themselves by the movements in which they participate. In this day of social media markup, we are nothing without a hashtag. This print challenges that notion. We are more than a hashtag. You are an individual.
The next four prints do not have a photographic base to them. These are minimalist pieces that speak to me, personally. Conceptually, minimalist work is to art what Twitter is to literature: attempting to communicate the most with the least. We are forced to think, hard, about what we put on the page. One really needs to see these are physical prints, though. The detail is completely lost in viewing them online, especially the black one. The subtle shading is too fine to be picked up at low resolutions.
How much coffee do you drink? Around here, we consume between six and eight pounds of beans each month, not counting what we purchase when we’re out. Coffee is an important part of our lives and those of many people around the world. That’s asking a lot of a simple bean that is first roasted and then ground before having hot water poured over it. If one wants to rule the world, they have to be as tough and as versatile as a coffee bean. Not an easy task.
Everyone seems to want the world to change but then wants someone else to do the changing. I feel the same way about those people as I do when my son discovers the baby has a poopy diaper and expects me to change it. You have the tools right there. Use them. If you don’t know how to use them, learn. Words have power and all the words in the English language are formed with those same 26 letters. There aren’t any extras, no secret add-ons. All you need is the base set. Get to it.
I was specifically thinking of all the parents who kiss away the boo-boos and make everything better when I created this print. The sentiment is perhaps just as appropriate for those in health care as well. We look to them to not merely ease our pain but to do so with a gentle level of care and comfort. Maybe they don’t exactly kiss away our pain, that could get a bit creepy, but a gentle manner and soft touch sometimes help as much as the bandage. You almost certainly know someone who needs this print.
This is the one you have to buy to appreciate. The low resolution of the Internet fails to pick up the subtle coloring of a woman’s breast against a dark background, among other details. I find this one the most enticing of all the prints because of that subtlety. We want to indulge our fantasies but we are afraid to do so. Let this print be your motivation.
Those are all the new pieces. Maybe we’ll make more. Maybe we won’t. Moods shift with the wind and I’m not a fan of forcing creativity where it doesn’t want to go. Grab these while they’re available. One never knows when I’ll pitch a fit and yank them all down. It’s happened before.
And thank you for your patronage.