Including your own art?
Imagine walking into a hardware store, finding a clerk and asking about hammers.
“For this job do I need a claw foot hammer, a roofing hammer or a electricians hammer? Is a fiberglass handle better than wood? What the difference between this triangle head and this round one?”
And the clerk just stares at you blankly and says “Idonntknow”, shuggs his shoulder and goes on break.
To sell art you need to know at least as much as your customers know. Is you knowledge of photography limited to knowing where to buy a camera? If a potential customer ask you a question about your photography would you have an interesting response?
“What motivated you to take this image?”
“I don’t know. I just was thinking it might be a good thing to take a picture of and everyone else was taking a picture of it.”
To be a credible artist, at least do some soul searching and be able to talk about your work enough that the potential buyer get the impression that you are seriously working on your art and craft. Be prepared to answer questions like:
- What style is your photography?
- Who are your influences?
- Which photographers do you like?
- Do you know the history of photography as an art form?
- What are you goals with your photography?
- What are your passions?
- What is the last photography monograph you purchase?
- What is the last photography show you attended?
- What do you want the view to feel when they look at your photography?
Selling Art and Photography requires thinking like a buyer
Do you consume art and photography like you expect your buyers to? Do you purchase original art? Do you follow great photographers on social media? Do you read about compelling photographers? Do you visit galleries and museums to see what is going on in the world of photography and art?
To ask a buyer or collector to purchase your artwork, you have to provide more of a reason than “here is a image – buy it” – you need to think and act like a buyer. Think and act like a participant in the world of art and photography, not just like a stock boy putting another can of soup on the shelf.