Thank you @consciousflow for posing a question on my last post, which enabled me to look at my experience and feel it in a real way...
I've decided to make my answer to you a post in it's own right, because in answering you, I gained some insights into how I feel and what I want from my "work"
@consciousflow asked about my process to sell my photos...
The short answer is that I don't have a process.
If I ask myself what makes me happy, in a "work" sense, it is to create beautiful images. I often hear myself saying "I would love to make some money out of my photography" Not to have money as the object, but rather as the "added bonus".
A friend was renting a table at a local street market here in Oslo last weekend, so I decided to invest some money into translating my words into actions. I had 27 images printed onto 5mm kappa board, signed them and put them in cellophane bags to protect them. I sat at the table for 6 hours as people passed by, looking, admiring, but ultimately, not buying.
In a strictly business sense, it was a disaster, but in a social sense, I had fun. I put my work out in the real world, rather than a on a virtual news feed. I got realtime, real life “likes” and comments. I was more naked and vulnerable than I normally am - speaking from behind an avatar and a few lines of “bio”.
The sun, the breeze, the smell of kimchi from the stall around the corner. The local characters, the tourists, the music from the bar across the alleyway - all added dimensions to the experience which made it more real.
I will do it again.
@ello is the most real social network I have found - the street market is a good compliment. Thank you.