My Photostream Brings All The Boys To The Yard
Cheers, all. My photostream just ding‘ed over at Flickr to 100,000 views of the stream itself, and 650,000 views of photos in total.
I got into photo-snapping not because photography had ever interested me. It didn’t. It was an arcane mystery, an occult language.
Then, an interesting thing happened: I was able to dupe a lovely lady into marrying me (my hypnosis over her still holds strong!), and in the process of planning a small, toned-down wedding, we decided that it would be silly to hire a photographer. Wedding photographers demanded that we tithe to them our blood and future children, and it was cheaper instead to actually buy a reasonable point-and-shoot camera to do the trick. So, the Canon S80 entered my fumbly hands.
It wasn’t long before I learned to love the digital camera. We’d had digital cameras before, but none of them really wowed me that much. The S80 was robust. It took beautiful shots, and it had a macro mode — and, those who know my stream know that I am a giggling whore for macro mode. I love the tiny worlds, the miniature places, the secrets hidden in grass and rust and bug-eyes. Before too long I was kneeling in mud trying to get waterdrop shots or look deep into some firefly’s butthole or something (it glows, it glows).
Then, onto Flickr.
Over time, it became clear that taking photos was a visual way into my stories. I’d gotten deeper into screenwriting, and using the camera helped me think visually and frame my work in that context. The camera became a writer’s aid, strange as it may seem.
I had a few shots hit big. One of my fog shots has 100,000+ views all its own. I got blogged. People seem to like one of my landscape shots. I got a fog snap onto some BBC site [damnit, can’t find the link]. I got into a charity photo book about MS. A shot ended up in an online Napa Valley travel guide. And so on.
Not long ago, I became the proud owner of a Canon DSLR with requisite macro lens.
Photography is still a hobby. I think it always will be.
But, it seems high time to start trying to make a little scratch off of them. Maybe it won’t work. Maybe it will.
So, I’m soliciting you, The Intertubes, for your wisdom.
What’s the best way to sell my work? Should I put together a book and sell the book? Prints? Where? How?
Of equal importance: would you buy one or more of my photos?
Help me, Internets. You’re my only hope.