Don’t underestimate your audience’s desire to know more about you and more about your life as an artist. And never underestimate the story that a good photograph can tell.
How about sharing photos of . . .
- By itself – professionally photographed (you know – the usual)
- In situ at someone’s home, office, gallery – even if you have to stage the photos
- Works in progress
- Art lined up or stored in the studio
- With the collectors who bought it
- If your work is functional, show others sipping, wearing, sitting on, washing, stacking, etc.
- Packing it or shipping it
- Your giant wall timeline that shows your commitments and projects
- Your piles – in all their glory
- Your paper calendar that reveals everything you juggle in your artist-life
- Your colorful files or wacky way of filing
- The office pet – because everyone loves pet pictures
- Your view, whether it’s gorgeous, surprising, or uninspiring
- Your bulletin board of inspiration and reminders
- Your bookshelf – for inquiring minds
- Your desk – because we love to peek
- The interesting way you have enhanced your entrance door
- The studio pet – Do I need to say it again? We like animals!
- Your messy palette – because we don’t have one and that’s really cool
- The dribbles, dust, and scrapes on your floor – the personality of your space
- A pile of the scraps of paper you use for your collages
- A row of glazes you use before firing
- The collection of hooks and clasps you use to make jewelry
- Actively engaged with other artists – perhaps at another artist’s studio or at a meeting
- Shopping for art supplies
- Talking about your art to a group of people (Staged photos sometimes work best here in order to avoid the gaping mouth or closed eyes. Trust me. I speak from experience.)
- Working with a piece of equipment that most people can’t fathom using
- Looking at other art in galleries and museums
- Contemplating your own art
- Making art – look at the camera, look down, look pensive – try a variety
- Researching – wherever you do that best
I’ll bet you already have a lot of these photos, but are you showing them? Could you share a quick link to them if you were asked?
Feel free to share the link to your best photos (not straight art, please) in a comment here.