Quote Originally Posted by jovo View Post
It would be interesting to hear some of you who sell your work offer some observations about the kind of work you do that actually does sell. I was looking at a NYC photographer's photoblog today in which he observed that only 5% of the work he was able to sell had people in it...that must be a helluva disappointment to street photogs.. almost no one was interested enough to pay for it. Likewise, the observation made earlier here that many look at photographs and elect not to buy them because either they themselves, or someone they're with has told them they could do just as well. Perhaps they say that because they're not seeing photographs that offer anything they haven't already seen...a lot!! I was also looking at some alt process sites today that displayed incredibly mediocre images printed with virtuoso skill in such processes. I hardly wanted to even look at them all let alone buy any.

Without meaning to exclude others here, Brian and Bill make photographs that I am absolutely certain the average viewer does NOT assume he could make himself. They're clearly and unequivically made with both technical AND unique artistic vision by professionals. I think that makes a HUGE difference!

You bring up alot of good things here that are worthy of dicussion. First off, the question of what sells and what does not. That really depends on who your trying to market your images too. Clearly the guy that is mostly sellings his images with people in them is selling them for commercial use and not fine art. Personally, I tend to sell more of the "pretty pictures" and nudes over the abstracts, however I've had several fantastic abstracts that have been fantastic sellers. I'm selling my work as strickly fine art.

When you mentioned an alt process site that just had mediocre images, I feel that is because the photographer gets to caught up in the technical process over creating the actual image. I admire alot of the processes that some photographers use, but a processes is just a technique that one learns, where creating the image actually take an artist vision. I see tons of photographers on APUG that do very interesting processes, but their images are boring and lack any sense of creative vision. Your artist vision must come first, the technique afterwards to emphasis that vision.