Monthly Update for July 2014

For the first time since April, there’s been changes to the site that are worth writing about, so here’s a more extensive monthly update!

I’ve changed the start page of the site to show all posts with images and/or galleries. This became possible thanks to the new features of the WordPress theme I’m using (Portfolio+). The “Weblog” menu item now has a sub-menu where you can choose from the “traditional” view of all blog posts, only the image and gallery posts, and the special “Small Sets” posts.

Carrizo Badlands Mud Hills
Unfolding Memories — New in the “Badlands” gallery (click to open).

Also, I’ve begun to clean up the Portfolio galleries, converting smaller galleries into regular posts to appear on the blog. The goal is to reduce the Portfolio galleries more to the essentials, and a tighter selection. Eight “Desert” galleries (now down to seven… it’s a start;-) with 10+ images each are perhaps a bit overwhelming, and too much to take in for the average visitor.

This change is reflected on my Fine Art America artist website as well. It’s still plenty of galleries and I need to thin them down there too.

What else is new? There have been some updates with new images to the following galleries: Badlands, Desert Color, Desert Minutiae, Slot Canyons, Forest. Have a look!

Last not least, it has become clearer to me that there needs to be a separation of the, for lack of a better term, “image maker” me and the “artist” me. My main website here is about me and my photographic art. But, since Fine Art America added licensing services to their products most recently, I’ve been adding more images there than what I’m adding to the website here. Consider my website the portfolio site, and Fine Art America the complete collection.

An example. My most popular image (in terms of sold licenses) is one of cows chewing the cud on an alpine pasture in Austria. It’s not a photo that is representative of my photographic art and vision, but it makes money. So I’ve given up the approach of “unifying” my appearance and presence on the different services, social media channels and whatever else I’m using – something that I should have done a long time ago. As a reward (ahem), following me on Instagram, Twitter or WordPress will give you a different view of me and what I’m doing – not necessarily as an artist, but also as a person. :)

I hope you’re enjoying the summer, and stay tuned for more updates.

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