At the crossroads…

Comments (16)

Comments (16)

    • John
      September 21, 2018 at 16:17
      I love that you are not afraid to share your thoughts and feelings through your blog...happy or reflective. I admire any artist who can do this and share these feelings with others through their art , words or both. Great to see another blog from you Isabel :-)
      • Isabel
        September 23, 2018 at 08:33
        Writing and sharing my thoughts and feelings like this helps me to clear my mind and to find focus again. When I am able to write things down it often feels as if a curtain is lifting... So thank you so very much for your support, John - it really means so much to me!
    • Nigel
      September 22, 2018 at 09:52
      Thank you for sharing this, so well written and resonates with what I feel every day - not as a photographer, although maybe there as well, but in my chosen career which bizarrely is one where self confidence and self promotion play a bit part.
      • Isabel
        September 23, 2018 at 08:29
        Thank you for reading it and taking the time to reply, Nigel I think it is sad that we feel the need or maybe even feel forced to play a role every day just so we don't get pushed aside. I wonder if self promotion has always been so important or if that is a specific issue in our modern times...would be i teresting to know. When we met in Nottingham I got the feeling that you were what I would call a 'quietly confident person' at least with regards to your photography and that you should be remembering the beautiful images you had at the exhibition.
    • September 22, 2018 at 14:24
      Hello Isabel As you know I love your work If I have any reaction It is to share more of your images, more of your work, your way of seeing the world. And perhaps it is more your vision, your projection that is more important than the process. anyway I wish you only joy and a wonderful weekend Stephen
      • Isabel
        September 23, 2018 at 08:12
        Dear Stephen - thank you so very much! You have a very good point about the sharing of (more) work. I had been thinking about this a while ago when I set up my new website... What kept me from putting up more work were the recommmendations I got from many of my mentors NOT to share too much work on ones website and to keep the portfolio small and consistent. I had started to wonder if that made sense for me or if I should give people both options, meaning those who just want to get a brief overview just stay at the top-level (just the titel images or the slide-show) and those who want more can then access all the individual albums/stories or maybe have an archive area. I think I will have a look at that again :-)
    • September 22, 2018 at 15:27
      So please put as much as you can in the "portfolio" and take care of you
    • Stephen Charlton
      September 22, 2018 at 19:02
      Trust in yourself always
      • Isabel
        September 23, 2018 at 08:15
        I promise to never create work I don't love and to try and trust in myself as an artist...trusting in myself as a business owner seems to be quite a different topic though ;-)
    • Stephen Charlton
      September 22, 2018 at 19:39
      Why is "dream walking " no longer available ... it is wonderful if you make it I will buy it
      • Isabel
        September 23, 2018 at 08:19
        Thank you! Long story... but I am working on a new book which I hope you might enjoy as well. It will be a mix of images and words again and this time probably combined with one or more small paintings and/or darkroom prints. The concept is taking shape... :-)
    • luca rovere
      September 27, 2018 at 07:43
      Hi isabel No doubt of your work, it’s art, someono like it, someone not. That’s all. I like it If you’re an artist, you do what you like, money isn’t important, but if you want to sell a good (if you have a business your pictures became goods) you have to do what people like, needs or thinks to need. maybe coloured flowers, or oversatured lanscapes, or some picture they can use a save screen on their smarphone. puah! You speak about your dreams, but people want to read something about their dreams, the last camera with bilions of megapixel or the wanderfull super tele macro lens.... Yes you are on a crossroad: artis or business woman? Both i hope. Difficult, but not impossible. And not so dirty: if you have a talent(and you have) you can hep people less talented. May be dreaming. My english is poor but i stay with you. Bye
      • Isabel
        September 27, 2018 at 10:15
        Dear Luca, thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. There is something in your words that made me realise that first of all I want to create and with my art I want to make people happy, want to give them room for their deams, feelings and thoughts. I have to admit that if I could afford it I would not sell any of my work but give it away to those who love it...but in reality this is not possible as creating costs money and so does even simple living. So unless I find a rich patreon :-D - just kidding - I have to find a way to somehow combine art and business. It will most likely involve having less time for my art but that will still be better than sacrificing it to the business...more soon once my mind has cleared completely and I know which path to take. Until then...I am very happy that you will stay with me (and your English is very understandable :-) ) Let's dream! Isabel
    • September 29, 2018 at 18:58
      I wanted to reach out and let you know, Isabel, that you are not alone in this journey. I felt as if I were looking in a mirror reading your beautiful and heartfelt blog. Ironically I am at that same crossroad. For a long while now I have enjoyed my photography. Nothing makes my heart sing more with joy, than when I am out in nature capturing her moods and seasonal change, the freedom to express through composing an image or noticing the light and shadow. Yet, I had never really identified how I am perceived to the wider business audience until a recent conversation with a photographic committee member, who highlighted to me, that my work isn't deemed commercial enough, but is more fine art. It was admired and appreciated, yet it still echoed the creative flair, the artist shining through in the image. I guess the question/s to ourselves, Are we artists creating fine art? ( I think we are) Could we switch that part of ourselves off to shoot in a more commercial, conventional way? Or do we continue to channel this gift, this talent and define our own style through Gallery representation, mixing our words and images to touch others hearts and minds. Sending out much love. Melita X
      • Isabel
        October 2, 2018 at 06:42
        Dear Melita, thank you so much for sharing this with me. It really helps to know that I am not alone in this. I am taking some offline time at the moment to reflect on my vision and plans for the future, being online is too distracting ;-) Funny enough, I never thought about your work as anything else but fine art. You express so beautifully and it feels very personal so I have to agree with that committee member. I wish you all the best with your journey. This is one of those moments where I wish we would live closer together and could just sit down with a cupppa and talk...I bet we could do that for ages ;-) Sending a BIG HUG! Isabel
    • October 2, 2018 at 17:16
      Ah, that would be a wonderful thing indeed, I think the stars and moon would come out as we'd be so happy in our conversation that we wouldn't notice the time. Enjoy having a digital break, I did this over the summer and now that I am back amongst it, I feel heavy and weighted. As always sending out creative love and virtual hugs X

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