Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting a local office where prints of my work are on display within the client waiting area. The most recent addition to the collection is a 30″x40″ gallery wrap canvas print of Upper Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Next to it is an older print, simply displayed on white mount board, of an autumn landscape from Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Both of these prints show how fine art photography can effectively be displayed without a traditional frame.
In my home I have 13 of the 30″x40″ gallery wrap canvas prints of some of my favorite photographs captured in Hocking Hils, Cuyahoga Valley, Dayton, Zion National Park of Utah and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
By all means I’m not against traditional framing. In fact when done professionally the frame in of itself can be a work of art. I just believe in providing customers who look to buy prints of my photography with as many options as possible when it comes to hanging and displaying large format prints.
The gallery wrap canvas print is an option that I wish more people would consider. It is ideal for an environment where there are neutral walls and where the print can be fairly safe from wandering hands. These prints come direct to the customer from my professional lab, wired and ready for display. For their size they are very light and easy to hang. These prints also provide that added dimension, hence, the “wrap,” that gives the pleasing effect of almost walking the eye “around” the photograph.
For more information regarding sizes and prices, please email or all 1-877-JCrotty (527-6889). Special pricing is available for decorators and commercial art representatives.
Two landscape photographs taken during 2009 were recognized with awards at the Fall Conference of the Professional Photographers of Ohio. “Winter Beach” and “Sunflower Moon” won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the category of “nature non-master.” The digital print competition and exhibition were part of the program held on November 15-16 at the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.
On March 10 to 15 PPO will hold its Annual Convention at the Dayton Convention Center. Last March I entered six prints for the print exhibition at the Annual Convention. All six were scored high enough to be included in the print show and recognized with awards. That particular convention was the first time I entered images in the state-wide competition. In both the Fall Conference and Annual Convention prints are judged and scored by a select panel of professional photographers representing areas throughout Ohio.
The rule of four. Selecting just four photographs that best represent my artistic vision of a particular location. That’s what I had in mind in the creation of four image poster prints. Fine art nature and landscape photography that I’ve taken in locations such as Dayton, Hocking Hills, New Mexico, The Smokies and more.
Each of these four image poster prints are now available for online purchase on my Imagekind storefront. Customers are presented a variety of options including print size, frames and paper. Imagekind does an exceptional job in both print quality and packaging (see YouTube video with this post), and the prices are VERY reasonable.
I’ll be adding even more selections to the four image poster print storefront in the weeks to come, including my photography of Zion and Glacier National Parks.
Just last week I traveled to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with my daughter Emma, age 10. I learned the hard way last summer to make the best of the time I have with my daughters, so this year I planned a special trip with both of them. For Chloe, age eight, it was Washington D.C. last month. For Emma it was the mountains in Colorado. During the school year they live in Texas with their mother, and the winters here in Ohio for me, as a single dad, can be pretty tough. So far this summer is going much better. We’re having a ton of fun and capturing some great photographs.
Another topic I wanted to mention is the art and business of the fine art nature gallery. Whenever I visit resort towns, particularly out west, I love to browse the retail galleries of some of the top professional nature and landscape photographers. They’ve got it going on. While we were in Frisco, Colorado we wandered around a bit in the retail gallery of Colorado Photographer Todd Powell. His work is jaw-dropping gorgeous, and in his gallery he does all of his own printmaking and mounting.
Another gallery that just blew me away was that of Tom Mangelsen, located in the terminal of Denver International Airport. WOW ! Incredibly beautiful prints, meticulously composed, captured and edited. Tom raises the bar of excellence for any nature and landscape photographer who aspires to fly in the stratosphere of professional success and accomplishment. Tom Till, Art Wolfe, Jim Brandenburg, John Shaw and David Middleton also rank right up there with the best of the best when it comes to fine art nature and landscape photography.
I would love to have had a successful gallery operation, such as those of any of the above mentioned photographers, here in the Dayton area. I’m confident I have the body of local photographic work as well as the necessary skill, knowledge and equipment for fine art printmaking. In fact I somewhat attempted the effort at my previous retail location, off of Far Hills in Centerville. Sadly I didn’t receive hardly any foot traffic (other than salespeople) until I announced I was closing the store and marking all of my print inventory drastically down. That turned-out to be the confirmation of what I have always suspected to be the case with the local art market.
The problem with Dayton (and for that matter, all of Ohio) is that the market just isn’t there. Fine art print galleries are always most successful in high- dollar, tourist areas, such as in and around the grand vistas and National Parks of the American West. There are some notable exceptions, but the one constant is easy access to customers who 1) have the disposable income to purchase fine art nature and landscape prints, and 2) APPRECIATE and know the skill and artistic talent required to create incredibly striking nature and landscape photography.
It’s a shame because I have discovered Ohio to be rich in scenic locations that translate beautifully into fine art prints, providing buyers of professional nature photography with a unique, local touch to how they decorate homes and offices. Unfortunately here in Dayton the photographers who have achieved that level of skill often get pushed to the side or grouped-in with other visual artists, whether it be at public showings or in galleries. Been there. Done that. It’s not for me.
The best I can do at this point is “build my market” where it doesn’t exist. I think I’m making progress, but I – and the local market – have a long way to go. Perhaps someday.
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