A brief retrospective
The Art Fair is over, I slept in, and I still need to empty the car. But I want to get some of these thoughts out of my head before I wind them onto little spools and put them away for good.
First point: I had a successful show. I sold eight items to six customers, three of whom were not previously known to me. In other words, strangers liked my work enough to buy it. This is gratifying beyond all measure. I had no idea whether my pictures would garner any appreciation outside of my friends and classmates.
Second point: I need to learn to edit my portfolio down. I had too many images for such a small selling space, and therefore too many choices. Too many choices means confusion, and confusion means no sale.
Related to that, something my mentor said really was the case: large prints bring people in, but small prints are what sells. I got lucky and sold two large framed prints, but I mostly sold the smallest (cheapest) images.
Third point: If you’re selling photography, photographers won’t buy it but will want to know what camera you’re using. Or they will tell you that digital is too easy and film, boy, those were the days…
Fourth point: The Ann Arbor shows are grueling. Most artist-staffed art fairs (I have been told) are on weekends only, with reasonable hours.
Fifth point: I have inventory now. Since what I sold was in limited editions, I now have to track it. And store what didn’t sell. Which reminds me… I’ve got to empty the car.