There is no substitute for your very best, amazing images. I mean this very sincerely and am witness to the results of having great photos readily available.
Almost two years ago, Glen R. Brown came to my house/ studio to interview me for a proposed article in Ornament Magazine. Yes, two years ago. I was thrilled and filled with anticipation prior to the interview, but the actual interview turned out to be one of the most difficult of my career. Why do I say this?
I had been preparing diligently the entire week before. I painted all my cases, changed all the work on display to show a selection of jewelry, and was very excited with expectations for a comprehensive dialog.
However, the reality of the interview became a rather dry hour or so, and I subsequently felt as if Glen was not interested in my work or in what I had to say about it. Instead of an enthusiastic conversation, I grew afraid that Mr. Brown was somehow disappointed. Despite the apparent lack of connection, I drew deep on my years of experience and dogged determination -- I kept trying my best with one tactic or another through the interview.
Consequently, for more than a year and a half, and especially through the isolation and dark days of the Covid pandemic and quarantine, I moved on and effectively tried to forgot about my expectations.
Then in March 2021, a faint glimmer of excitement reawakened when Patrick Benesh-Liu called to say he was considering publishing the article in the upcoming issue of Ornament Magazine. Patrick requested "some photos" to consider for the article as well.
This started a flurry of activity, as I searched through my inventory to send a few possible images for the article. In follow-up discussions, and in striking contrast to the initial interview, Patrick was supportive, enthusiastic, and loved the images. He then requested more images, "if I had more." I jumped at the chance and sent more images, and more images. I was unbridled in searching through years of images stored on CDs for the biggest and best images to send to Ornament Magazine. With each communication, Patrick would say, "the more images the better."
When I say the "biggest and best images," I mean high-resolution images, 28 - 45 MB each, for print. No cell phone images either. All of the images were taken by Philip Cohen.
Quality images are not just an ego boost for documentation of your artistic effort. Quality images are critical to include in a magazine or book. Quality images attract the audience and reflect the quality of the magazine or book.
I had no idea how things would turn out after that initial interview. But in the end, the amazing photographic images taken over the past 32 years would indeed be appreciated and complement this Ornament Magazine opportunity. And it did so beyond my expectation -- an eight-page article with 1, 2, or 3 photos on each page.
I have said this before, and I will say it again, there is no substitute for great, amazing images that represent your jewelry or artwork in any media.
Great images all by themselves can create opportunity.
So lesson learned: Take fabulous images of your artwork. They may expand or even create opportunities in your future. It did for me!
Stay tuned for upcoming posts. I will be documenting a super surprising video experience in my studio that starts tomorrow. So much to say....so little time.
P.S. Find Ornament Magazine at Barnes and Noble or at your local library or renew your subscription today. The article also led to a Zoom panel which you may find insightful for the variety of perspectives. Panel participants include: Amy Flynn, Wayne Nez Gaussoin, and Holly Anne Mitchell, moderated by Patrick Benesh-Liu, Associate Editor of Ornament Magazine. Special Guest Harriete Estel Berman
The article also led to a Zoom panel which you may find insightful for the variety of perspectives. Panel participants include: Amy Flynn, Wayne Nez Gaussoin, and Holly Anne Mitchell, moderated by Patrick Benesh-Liu, Associate Editor of Ornament Magazine. Special Guest Harriete Estel Berman
Screen shot courtesy of emiko oye.