Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Fine Art Equine Photographer's Rant

I am an ARTIST. I am not a commercial photographer. When I go to a horse show or venue, I am going to photograph. I am going to photograph horses. I am going to create my art with those photographs….and yes…..I am going to try to sell them! Am I going to try to sell them to the competitors at the show? No. Not directly. I am not going to give out my business card. I am not going to poach your customers and I am not going to undercut you. In fact….my prints sell for between $120 and $400+ dollars each. So you have no worries that anyone looking to purchase a photo of their horse at the show is going to purchase one of my photographs. But if someone who was at the show, sees and likes my work at some time down the line, am I going to prevent them from purchasing my work. Heck no! I need to make a living too. I know that the same cannot be said for others who come to the shows with their professional cameras and big lenses. I have been going to these venues for over 6 years and have never been harassed about my being there. Not until I bought a professional lens. Now I stand out in the crowd. Well you know what…I have a right to do my work there too. I am not competing with you. And…I hate to say it, but if Joe Blow uncle has a really nice camera and he is taking pictures of his niece and her horse, and they no longer buy photos from the OP…..well maybe, unfortunately, being an OP is an obsolete career. And nothing I am doing is affecting that reality. Cause you are not going to be able to keep Joe Blow uncle from taking beautiful pictures of his niece. Times, they are a changing. Making rules to prevent people with big lenses from coming onto the show grounds, or race tracks, is not going to protect the job of the OP. IPhones take beautiful photos too. I know what I am talking about. My husband has been out of work since last October. He is an architect and he does not work on the computer. He still draws at a drawing board. His job is obsolete. Does it suck? Damn right it does! Can he change it by preventing people with CAD skills from applying for the jobs he wants? Come on now…Of course he can’t. So I am glad to introduce myself to you when I am on the show grounds or racetrack. I am willing to tell you what I do. But, be forewarned…I am doing my work there. And I am selling it on my website and in my gallery. Although it will probably be a year before I market my images. Am I making a profit….get real, I am an artist. Would l love to…you bet.