The veneralble Old Mill, just off the Parkway and on the Pigeon River, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Late last year, I was ready to make a change. I’d been exhibiting at my local gallery, a privilege that cost me $50 a month. The exhibit had been open for about a year and a half. The images therein had been changed once, about halfway through that run. But I’d sold…..nothing. By December 2014, I’d invested right at 1200 dollars or so into those exhibits, for no return. So, as you might expect, I was, at the time, very seriously considering ending my relationship with the gallery. In fact, I had decided to go and collect my images therefrom on January 2.
And then I got a sale. Just before Christmas, a lady from Denver, of all places, in town to visit a friend, walked into the gallery, spotted my work, and she bought four framed images. Needless to say, this greatly improved my morale. I decided to let the thing run a bit longer. My spirits were lifted enough by this sale that I quickly reinvested the proceeds into having nine new images printed and matted and framed, and the new stuff went on the gallery wall in mid-January of 2015. Lotsa folks oohed and aahed and said all sorts of nice things when they saw the newly printed work. My hopes were very much lifted.
But then….it was back to the old routine. Nice work, nicely captured, nicely matted, and nicely framed, nicely hanging there on the gallery wall, gathering little more than dust and bringing absolutely nothing to me, save for a collection of “That’s nice!” sorta comments. But no sales.
So. We come to August of this year, with no further activity. By this time, I’d invested something near $2100 into this gallery exhibit and had sold roughly $650 (gross) worth of images. That’s a return of less than a third of my investment. Soooooo…..
I came to the conclusion that enough is enough. Mid-August came and my images came down and I ended my relationship with the gallery. I have instead determined to focus (no pun intended) on my website and,….what’s that, you say? Which website?
Well, it’s to be found at http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com.
Now then. Where was I? Oh, yeah. Besides the website, you’ll find a few of my images at a new online place – https://youpic.com/photographer/JaiGieEse/
Now, YouPic describes itself thusly: “YouPic is the place for photography enthusiasts around the world to be inspired, receive recognition and improve their photography.” This is a “look and comment” site only. No downloads permitted and no sales at YouPic. You’ll need to visit my website for that.
And speaking of which, I’ve just added 50 new images to http://www.jaigieesephotoart.com. To see them, click on the “Fresh” link on the website’s toolbar. Most of these new images were captured on our jaunt to Savannah, Georgia. (GO THERE! Savannah is a unique and wonderful place!) and there are a few images from our last journey to Pigeon Forge and a coupla shots from last summer’s trip to see the kids up in West Virginia. It’s all nice and new and up for your consideration, just as we approach the holiday gift-buying season. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
So, there ya are. Go and smell the ros…um, that is….go and havalook, willya?