Salthouse Exhibition and Summer Holidays.

The Salthouse exhibition has come to an end, follow up orders and enquiries have been dealt with and we can now move forward thinking about new work in the gallery and the summer holidays.

Rough sea East Beach West Bay by Andy WhiteSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: Rough sea East Beach West Bay by Andy White

In this era of everybody has a camera ‘I can take that too’ attitude it is very, very difficult to convert interest in photography into a sale. It is infinitely easier to sell photography when it is presented as a print in person not just an image on a screen which is why it is imperative to print your work and hold small exhibitions or take part in group shows. Take pride in what you do, the positive energy you give off when talking about your own work means those that wish to invest in your work also invest in you, the story behind the lens.

Mother Nature meets the Cobb by Andy LyonsSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: Mother Nature meets the Cobb by Andy Lyons

Now is the time to capitalise on the goodwill from the exhibition even though the Salthouse exhibition’s door is closed and use your own artwork as a springboard to hold your own exhibition and create more interest. It is vital to keep the positive feedback alive in the public eye. Let people know what you sold and what you have to sell. It is not about being pushy its about being proud of your practice and letting people know about it. Never underestimate the support of friends and family even if they own your work they may still talk to friend of theirs or share your work online or come along to events because they are pleased to support you.

Spirit Level by Catherine GillinghamSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: Spirit Level by Catherine Gillingham

When following up think about writing a press release about the event and sales made. Mailchimp is an excellent tool to collate contacts collected from people who have visited your other exhibitions and friends and family. Advertise locally through social media, write a small blog keeping people interested in what you do, tag possible outlets that may buy the work or wish to exhibit it. Contact like minded photographers and approach them to see if they would like to share the cost of running a show.

The Beer Fleet by Paul NewmanSOLD AT THE SALTHOUSE: The Beer Fleet by Paul Newman

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to planning our next event soon!

Chelsea and Ben

Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

The closing date is fast approaching for our upcoming Shed Summer Exhibition 13th – 16th July at the Salthouse, West Bay.

Final selections are being made and submissions need to be finalised by Friday 16th of June and payments received by the 23rd June.

We will then send you your labels which need to be signed and returned as soon as possible.

Once chosen, please put your selection in a separate file titled Salthouse Exhibition. This way we can find the image quickly and easily if an order needs to be made from the show in a smaller or larger size or as a simple unmounted print. It is very important you start to promote the images and get your clients, friends and family along to the show or direct to the images in your profile. If you are on social media please help promote the exhibition too.

Time will fly between now and then and we are both looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful work in West Bay!

Ben and Chelsea

Take me to my profile

 

Over in an INSTANT.

Well, wow! What an amazing exhibition! However there’s no time to relax and bask in our sales its time to push on and make the most of the momentum and potential clients looking at the site, measuring up for that space they’ve now decided that needs a piece of artwork, searching for that perfect piece!

Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography

Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography

SOLD AT INSTANT: Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography
Here is an example of the kind of email we receive. If you have any images that fit this enquiry then please upload to your profile and let me know once you have done so.

Dear Chelsea,

You may remember last Saturday at the Malthouse Gallery we discussed some possibilities for displaying artwork in my micropub in Bridport. Thanks for taking time to chat regarding the various options. I’m interested in:

- Local seascapes and landscapes
- Fishing harbours/villages
- Historical prints of Bridport and West Bay. I would love to have a few permanent pieces showing activity in the town from years ago. Black and white. Rope/net making, markets other industry etc
- Farming in Dorset/over the ages/ rare breeds (Dorset horn sheep etc)
- Finally, any work whatsoever you may have showing beer brewing and cider making throughout the ages.

As part of our service we deal with these requests, print and install on your behalf.

Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

SOLD AT INSTANT: Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

If you haven’t read then please do read our blog on ‘The Golden Rules of Selling your work’.  This is especially important to our most recent sign ups. So while we deal with your orders that have come through online or from house visits it is imperative you make sure of the following lessons we’ve learned:

  • Check all spelling the Cobb has two b’s and many times I’ve missed including an image for a potential client that I’ve come across later because when I typed in the key word ‘Cobb’  into the search bar (for example) it didn’t come up.
Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

SOLD AT INSTANT: Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

  • Tag and Title you know, I know, Corfe Castle is in Dorset, but does the German tourist who came into the exhibition know? Have as many as you like but be imaginative! Complete descriptions are incredibly important as are individual titles, its very hard for me to know which Corfe Castle a client likes if all 15 are titled the same. I recognise it can be laborious but it is absolutely essential.
  • 15 images per portfolio people get tired scrolling through multiple images and its hard to keep track of which image did catch your eye when scrolling through if there are any more.
  • Call to action tell everyone as many times as you can about your sales, which ones they were, why you chose it, what size sold, how affordable and efficient the process is, why you think your future client would want it themselves. Copy the URL and email your latest additions to your portfolios. Ask peoples’ opinion, do they like it and why! Start a conversation, get the public involved in your work. I always ask someone who comes in ‘Has something caught your eye?’ even if they are not looking to buy because they may be persuaded to later or just sew that seed of interest. It can’t hurt!
Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

SOLD AT INSTANT: Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Many of you have asked for more exhibitions. We are more than happy to find venues and work in tandem for more events so get in touch with your proposals!

Once again, these shows are only ever as successful as they are because of your hard work and talent. Well done to everyone involved!

Chelsea and Ben.

Artist of the Week Tim Firkins with his submission for Instant.

Swan at Hatchet Pond

Whilst stood on the edge of the water at Hatchet Pond in the New Forest, preparing to capture some long exposure shots of the setting sun, I noticed this swan heading into shot from the right. After frantically adjusting camera settings to make sure I could freeze the swan in the frame, I managed to get the timing just right and was able to capture the silhouette of the swan’s reflection in the water.

Swan at Hatchet Pond by Tim Firkins

Swan at Hatchet Pond by Tim Firkins

During the floods of 2013 I’d heard that the water on the river around Hamble-le-Rice was particularly high, so I headed down to the village’s small harbour early one morning. I spotted this small boat at anchor which had partially sunken as the waters rose, and was pleased to be able to capture it as the sun rose just out of frame to the right.
Sunken Boat on the Hamble River by Tim Firkins

Sunken Boat on the Hamble River by Tim Firkins

The waters around Kommetjie in South Africa are alive with Crayfish, much to the delight of fisherman and locals. Whilst visiting late one Sunday afternoon I spotted the chance to capture this atmospheric shot as the setting sun briefly broke through a gap in the clouds.
Fishing for Crayfish, Kommetjie, South Africa

Fishing for Crayfish, Kommetjie, South Africa

This war memorial, depicting a First World War soldier, stands overlooking Winchester Cathedral and on this day proved particularly poignant since there was a military funeral taking place in the cathedral. It was difficult to capture the moment without intruding on the privacy of those attending, so I chose this particular composition in order to keep the mourners out of shot.
Monument to the Fallen by Tim Firkins

Monument to the Fallen by Tim Firkins

The beautiful old town of Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden, deep with snow and completely deserted. This was the coldest I’ve ever been in the pursuit of a photograph, but the light from the old street lamps brilliantly illuminating the coloured old buildings made it worthwhile.
Gamla Stan in The Snow by Tim Firkins

Gamla Stan in The Snow by Tim Firkins

The New Forest is scattered with numerous unassuming clearings; you can walk or drive past one day and notice nothing of note, whilst the next day you’re presented with a captivating and beautiful scene. This shot was captured on a late autumn afternoon whilst on a drive through the forest with my two young boys. The sun bursting through the trees and illuminating the leaves floating on the brook was awe inspiring!
Autumn Light in the New Forest by Tim Firkins

Autumn Light in the New Forest by Tim Firkins

The Oasis Cafe on Lake Travis in Texas, built into the hillside above the vast lakes, is a famous location to which people come from miles around to watch the sun set. Having been there a couple of times previously, I was aware that it was likely to be very busy on this particular occasion which would make capturing the “classic” sunset picture difficult without lots of people in shot. I therefore decided to go looking for alternative view points, and this shot of the sun setting behind a deserted part of the building, with a statue of a trumpeting boy in the foreground, was the very satisfying result!
Texas Sunset Statue by Tim Firkins

Texas Sunset Statue by Tim Firkins

Taken from the harbour wall at St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, this photo was actually captured on a family holiday whilst waiting to board a boat trip around the island. A miserable start to the day’s weather had given way to broken sunshine, and as I noted the interesting cloud formations against the deep blue sky I kept the boat waiting until the very last minute so I could capture this shot!
St Michael's Mount Harbour by Tim Firkins

St Michael's Mount Harbour by Tim Firkins

Artist of the Week Debra Cox with her submission for Instant.

Whimsical Fields of Winter – Wading through wet fields and looking for some inspiration, I saw the light change which was also reflected on the broken riverbank so I captured the moment.

Whimsical Fields of Winter by Debra Cox

Whimsical Fields of Winter by Debra Cox

 

Tunnel of Light – A spontaneous capture where I noticed the light coming through the bare branches which gave an illusion of a tunnel.

Tunnel of Light by Debra Cox

Tunnel of Light by Debra Cox

 

Rustling Autumn Leaves – A walk through a woodland in Autumn to capture some colour when I turned around and captured this beautiful corridor of colour richness.

Rustling Autumn Leaves by Debra Cox

Rustling Autumn Leaves by Debra Cox

 

Birds through a lens – Seagulls were scrambling for titbits on the shore when I momentarily captured them in mid-flight.

Birds through a lens by Debra Cox

Birds through a lens by Debra Cox

 

Twisted Cloud – My intention was to capture spitfires performing a flyby but noticed the quick changing cloud formation with their unique patterns and mystical light coming through that really caught my eye.

Twisted Cloud by Debra Cox

Twisted Cloud by Debra Cox

 

Pompoms – Cherry Blossom in a pompon formation captured between showers and changing clouds in this fleeting Spring image.

Pompoms by Debra Cox

Pompoms by Debra Cox

 

Boat – How could a static boat be an instant or spontaneous image? Well this was captured in changing light in Dungeness. Another moment and the timber detail would’ve looked different again!

Boat by Debra Cox

Boat by Debra Cox

 

Boy on Rocks – This should’ve been aptly named ‘Child’s Play’ as this was a momentary capture of a young boy (my son) playing on rocks, briefly stopping to sit down.

Boy on Rocks by Debra Cox

Boy on Rocks by Debra Cox