See yesterday’s picture (scroll back to second post below)
This morning my Facebook photography page noticed me of the 1000th follower/liker. Co-incidentally somebody from the village I live in. In the meantime I see that there are 1004 fans. I’ve never paid FB for that although I know I could multiply the audience quite easily by paying for so called sponsored links each targeting a (geographic/demographic) market segment. Over 90 percent of my fans are (amateur?) photographers from around the globe and most of them prefer to be silent (thus not liking or commenting on different postings). According to the FB-statistics the daily average is 150 to 200 visitors; merely from the Americas and Western Europe and for the most part they click on my page via their own newsfeed. About 4-5% of the fans are ‘personal FB-friends and that includes 4 or 5 WordPress-bloggers (thank you guys!). One thing for sure: via my FB-pages I ship every month one or more prints to destinations from New Zealand to New Zealand and everything in between where FedEx (or a FedEx laison) is active.
This blog has over 2000 followers …. Not one ever ordered a picture BUT via Overbergsa.net I recently fulfilled an order for several large (120x80cm) framed landscape prints. That just made my year…
Every first Friday of the month 14 galleries in Hermanus remain open until 8 PM displaying the work of around 300 artists. Art Thirst is one of those galleries and owned by well known South African painter Leon Müller. This Friday evening he will have a surprise artist in his gallery. Men are invited to bring their wives/spouses and surprise them with a treasure of Mother Earth. You will see it at the entrance when you pop in this Friday between 6 and 8 PM. You are Welcome.
The ‘Hermanus First Friday Art Walk‘ is an initiative of the participating galleries which are virtually all within walking distance from each other.
A local business man in our village had some weeks ago a bright moment. ‘What if all villagers start to wear hats on Saturday?’, he wondered. ‘Wouldn’t that be an extra attraction of the tourists?’. He launched the idea of ‘Haturday’ on a local Facebook page, warmed a few friends up, and the idea got shape. Last Saturday most villagers shopping or having coffee somewhere were wearing hats. Also the staff of one of my clients. And of these great personalities I made some portraits. Almost all were published last Monday on their blog in the original full colour format (except the stock photo of Emily who is always wearing a hat). In the meantime I reprocessed the pictures in the way I see these wonderful individuals. The captions tell you their names. BTW I changed the original background of Donovan with one of my woody textures in B&W. For the others Herman’s Beauty Saloon applied adjustable (own) opalotype settings and played with it for a bit.