My newest addiction! My photographs are the tabby cat in the second row and the Texas waffle in the third row. After all of the "arty" photographs I've taken and submitted, I never dreamed that my two most popular photographs, featured on the RedBubble home page, would be my cat and a waffle I made for my breakfast.
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.)
Birds are an extremely popular photography subject. You need a twist to stand out from the flock. I took this photograph of a cardinal holding on for dear life as he's buffeted in an early spring snow storm on a pear tree branch outside my kitchen window. You can't see the detail here, but the blossoms are covered with snow and the branches encrusted with ice. The poor cardinal, as brave as he is, is probably too common.
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.
My photograph of Paddington with his mis-matched eyes has been very popular with other cat owners and lovers. Paddington is tired of me pursuing him with a camera and is going to take out a restraining order against me.
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.
I like to photograph oddball things, such as this van parked at Bondi Beach in Sydney. I think the driver is trying to contact the mother ship.
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.
RedBubble. Flickr. Etsy. Beholden to Nature – Kenna Foster Photography.
Thanks to my daughter for saving the RedBubble screen shot for me.
I thought my photograph of this view from the Sydney Tower was spectacular, but the number of spectacular photographs in cyberspace seems to be infinite!