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Practising your art #photography #art

I’ve been thinking a lot about how artists actually practice their art just lately. In particular, how the photographers in the Blast Festival of photography practice their art. Most of the photographers are more articulate than me and communicate verbally with the people they take photos of which helps to create a more relaxed image. I find photographing people quite awkward and I prefer candid photos of people or photographing something quite different. I’m really into photographing interesting buildings now and creating my art cards.


Practising your art

The Fountain

It can be expensive to have cards printed so I went for a very light-weight card that people could insert into their Christmas cards or send to their relatives in Australia. My next card will be for Tipton and a photo of the Fountain is high on my list of possible images. I like this image but I will take more shots, it was a bit stormy the day I took this photo. I’ll try to stoop down a bit lower for the shot and make the building look more imposing. I also want a shot of Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory which is more interesting and colourful.


Practising your art

West Bromwich

This photo of the Farley Tower in West Bromwich would make a good card but it’s no good having thousands of cards printed if they can’t go on sale. My cards have been on sale at Wednesbury library and the Rugby club and now they are on sale at the town hall. If I do West Bromwich and Tipton, I would need their libraries to sell them too and maybe West Bromwich town hall. A selection of a couple from each town would probably sell more and who knows I might be able to do more and keep expanding the collection.


So I have learnt a little something from looking at how the photographers of the festival work. Concentrate on what you’re good at and what you enjoy and promote your work and engage with the public any way you can. In my case, I engage with the public better through social media and my blog.

Practising your art

There are many different kinds of art and you just have to find the niche that suits you. In that journey towards practising your art, there should be experimentation and variation until you find your way.

That’s all for today. Tomorrow, I’ll be writing another Sunday ramble. What will be on my mind this week? As always if you would like to subscribe to my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for links to the latest posts.

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