Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shameless Self Promotion

This blog was spotlighted today, Sunday, on!  which is a blog dedicated to the Fujifilm X-Pro-1 camera. These have been a difficult few weeks for me, so it's nice to get some recognition.

Shooting street images is the food that feeds my soul. The food that feeds my belly, however, is much more materialistic than spiritual. So I have begun exploring possibilities. Shooting journalistic stories is not a viable possibility anymore - I'm just too old - but since I have a knack for photographing people, I want to put that to use by photographing social events - private parties, social gatherings at churches and synagogues, dinners - that sort of thing. It's going to require a marketing effort on my part, and I'm not very skilled at that. I've been called the King of Shmooze my a number of my friends, and I hope to use that to some effect to network and get the word around that I'm available.

This is an exciting veture for me. Scary, because I need to get out of my comfort zone, and because I need to generate income. But usually, after the anxiety of the unknown wears off a bit, I do pretty well rising to challenges.

I have several bodies of work that I am beginning to prepare as e-books. The Lightroom Book module is quite a flexible tool for creating them. The first will be I Hear A Voice Calling - Photographs of Bill Monroe. That's almost done. The second will be Manhattan Diaspora - New York's Lower East Side. And the one(s) following that will be of my street photography. I'm not at all sure how I'll market the books, but it will probably involve paypal. Stay tuned for more info in later posts.

Now, here's your treat for reading this far and bearing with me. I shot this last week in the Brooklyn River Park that is part of the DUMBO neighborhood. The gentle nonchalance of the man grabbed my attention. The background was in dark shade and the sunshine gave him a glow that screamed out for a shot. As always, the b/w conversion was made with Nik SilverEfex Pro 2. Thank you Nik for all of your amazing plugins. The flexibility afforded by Nik Software has allowed me to fulfill and expand my creativity.