Last month, I stumbled across a photographer’s blog that mentioned the RedBubble art and photography website, so I checked it out — then I signed up. Now, I can’t stay away from it. The amount of incredible excellent art and photography on cyberspace is mind-boggling — and from teenagers, even.
If only we’d had digital photography and computers when I was a kid. (We did have electric typewriters with correction tape. And boy did I need the tape! ) All of my hard-earned darkroom skills are now archaic. Using film, an enlarger and developing chemicals these days is like listening to your music on vinyl disks. You have to be hard-core to do it. I love the instant gratification as well as the ability to edit in so many ways in digital photography! We ”edited” in the film darkroom, too, but it was limited. And I only did black and white. (I won’t even go into cameras. More on that later.)
I started with Flickr, but I love RedBubble’s Aussie cheekiness. Etsy is fun, too. (I discovered Kenna Foster on Etsy. She’s also on Flickr. She’s on my blogroll. Check her out!) I don’t know how many photography and art sites are online, but there must be tens of thousands of photographers and artists looking at and commenting on one another’s work, everyone from professionals to the people posting their first work. It’s inspiring, overwhelming and humbling at the same time.
On RedBubble or Etsy, there’s a chance that someone will see one of your great photographs or artworks and decide that they can’t live without it. On Etsy, the artists themselves produce and deliver the work.
If you order through RedBubble, RB produces and ships the art as a card, print, canvas, calendar or poster. I suspect that much of the art sold on RB is to the artists and photographers themselves. I bought my own photograph (below) of the View from the Sydney Tower on canvas. Those RedBubble people know what they’re doing!
Anyone who signs up for RedBubble (It’s free) can also get a free photography website, which is very cool. You can organize your photos into galleries. It was incredibly simple. You can join a huge number of specialty groups on RB, such as landscapes, sunsets and sunrises, wildlife, doors and windows, old theaters, rivers, pets, food, skies — in fact not even the sky is the limit. Each group has sub-sets, too. There are groups with minimal standards, and there are groups by invitation only, and everything in between.
Featured photographs and art usually are exceptional, awe-inspiring, off-beat, fresh or eye-popping or else tug at your heart-strings (or else the person who selected it just took the next artwork that came along…..)
I know many of you out there are photographers. What is your favorite photography website? What are your favorite subjects. What do you do with all of your photographs? Do you print many? Why do you take photographs? I wanna know! If you want to see a RedBubble website, here’s mine. I’m still working on it. My favorite gallery is “Fun Stuff”. Catherine Sherman Photography.
Thanks to my daughter for saving the RedBubble screen shot for me.