As I am sitting here at my computer I am feeling a little discouraged from the lack of excitement over people wanting to buy my photos. I see people are looking at them and I read and hear the compliments that people are giving me about my work and yet my sales are low. It makes me wonder 'why am I doing this?'
However, just like with this old clock that belonged to my Nana and the old books that are embracing it, things take time. They don't happen instantly. I don't think that famous artists became famous overnight. In fact, some didn't become famous until after they have left this earth. I don't plan on becoming famous I just hope that I become 'known' before I am gone.
I have only been doing photography for a few years and I am constantly learning. I compare my new work with the work I did when I first started and I just want to throw the old stuff away. I am growing with my labor and, as long as I continue to love what I am doing, I will continue to take photos and enjoy the pleasure that goes with along with it.
Even though the encouraging words are not really selling my work, they continue to make me feel good inside about what I am doing. When I first started knitting my scarves and hats, I was still a 'work in progress.' I made a lot of mistakes and I ended up marking down items to what they cost me so that they would sell and I could stop looking at them. I didn't stop knitting because I loved doing it. As the years progressed my items started selling and the encouraging words keep coming in. When I was at the end of the scarf and holiday season last November, I almost sold out of all my hats. That was a first. In fact, most hat orders I get on line now have to be made before I can ship them.
The same thing happened with my eyeglass cases. At first I would just grab material and make an eyeglass case. I didn't have to like it, I just pumped them out. However, I found that they didn't sell very well and, in fact, I still have a few of the earlier cases that I may start begging people to take. I have learned and grown and now I have a much better idea of what people want. I was a 'work in progress' with those. Now I sell tons of them.
This is how I have to think in regards to my photography. I can't let myself get discouraged. I have to continue to grow and to learn what people want. I am starting to be able to put a photo on the wall and see how it looks before I even take picture. The encouragement that people give to me is like fuel in a car so that it can keep moving. It means a lot even if I forget to tell them that.
I will continue to do what I love and if I ever become 'famous' my thoughts will remain with the people who have helped me get to that point.