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This sunbird first looks to the left and than to the right before ‘going on air’; exactly the way I learned to look before crossing a road many, many years ago.

(BTW: My day yesterday: Client ‘complaining’ he’s getting too many customers via Social Media….  AND an enquiry for a photo print from a client in New York, USA; also via Social Media!!!— feeling proud in Stanford, South Africa)

 

Photography and Social Media

For one of my social media clients I recently did a photoshoot during Mother’s Day. The idea was that the pictures would be published on their blog before the extended buffet lunch was over. That was fast work and hurrying up during photo processing. The result however was great. Within 12 hours after the blog post (with automated links to other social media accounts) went online there were almost 800 hits of which around 90% originated from Facebook and 95% from South Africa. In the meantime, a week after, the number of hits has more than doubled. Not too shabby for a local business. BTW; on FB it was shared on 6 or 7 other pages.

But I do wonder: although most to the blog visitors clicked on virtually every picture most of them did not click the ‘like’ button on FB…… 😀

The Jazz Singer

A week ago I published some pictures of a jazz concert on the blog of one of my clients. I only gave myself 90 minutes to select 12 pictures and process plus publish them on the different social media. It took 93 minutes and the blog post alone got within 2 days more than 600 hits according to WordPress statistics; several tweets plus over 120 shares on Facebook. Not too shabby for a new blog (first post end of January).

Anyway I redid one of the pictures; the one of the South African Lady of Jazz: Janet Marshall.

The-Jazz-Singer

The last Dinosaur of the Sea 2

Exactly one week ago I posted the first study of an imaginary of which the end result will be displayed in a gallery later this year. As I won’t post my gallery pictures on social media let me tell you that at the end there’ll be a picture with me riding the ‘Dinosaur’. Another picture will show me riding into battle on a pig but that’s another story … Anyway I made two new basic compositions of the ‘Last Dinosaur of the Sea’. Have to get into the subject first and that will take at least another 5 or 6 studies.

THE META SELFIE (rough cut) and the ‘About’ change

Sometime ago I changed my Gravatar with a new self-portrait. This picture is one of many in a new YouTube which I officially launched that day. Although it’s a ‘rough cut’ the tube provides you with an idea of all the processing that goes into the final selfie. The Gravatar image represents the halfway stage of this process. Although I realise that not many bloggers have the patience to watch every single YouTube I hope that this one is the exception of the rule … 😉

YouTube description:

“A photographer always sees more; even in him/herself. Based on one Black & White self-portrait with the use of textures and layers and with merging pictures this photographer succeeds in creating a colourful self-portrait. His ‘Meta Selfie’ or (subtitle) The Art of Being Me. 

Music (Free Music collection): “Anduct” by Andreas Viklund.

This is just a 4 minute rough cut with stills of a 10 minute presentation including film-fragments designated for limited audiences”.

Yesterday I changed the description on my ‘About’ page for the simple reason that in the past months I’m also asked to manage some social media accounts. My photography comes in handy to visualise the message. It all started with a joke but if a small business sees its turnover increase with 30 percent within half a year because of the targeted ‘buzz’ via social media than the news spread itself like a bushfire 😉 .

 

 

The exception of the rule

With an overload of cat and dog portraits on social media I’m reluctant to pollute cyberspace with more cat and dog pictures. But of course there are exceptions. First of all is our own dog but that does not count. I love dogs and, honestly, I’m not a cat person. So it is very special that I publish an image featuring a cat. This one I met at a restaurant nearby dazing in the afternoon sun.

Dream-Cat

In the meantime …

I have changed the blog theme. The new theme -Forever- has a more refreshing look and is one of the themes that allows a slide show. See the right column of my blog. Still have to work on the colours (background, etc.) but that will come in due time.

In the meantime also I got annual contracts for social media presentation of a few clients. Have a look at the stunning  jewellery blog of Yvonne de Wit  (unique pieces of ‘down-to-earth art’) and the one of ‘the most unusual and quirky bookshop of South Africa’; Hemingways of Hermanus Both have links to their Facebook pages and use the same theme (with slide shows).

In the book shop

‘Hemingways’ in Hermanus (South Africa) is a real collectors bookshop named after the American writer Ernest Hemingway. I just got the assignment from owners Beth and Noel Hunt to make a photographic document of this unique shop. Once you enter you go back in time. Not only the old books but also the ‘bric and brac’ are a real inspiration for the photographer’s eye.  Tomorrow I’ll be in the shop for 3-4 days for the real job. After that a few weeks battling behind my Apple …

Why I got this assignment? Social Media works: Beth saw the Youtubes about Stanford and my ‘art’ photography which went online last Sunday and said to Noel: “That’s the guy who can do it” and yesterday morning the deal was made. Both insisted that I document the bookshop the way I see it ….

Herewith a few processed ‘snapshots’ to provide you with an idea. All pictures made (candid camera way) from the chair I was sitting in chatting with Beth…

 

 

My Passion

In response to those who think (and recently expressed via diverse Social meda as some local wannabees did) that Photoshop (and other photo-processing software) is no better than ‘violating reality’. In that case, I should have ‘violating the reality’ more throughout my life. 
Come to think of it, black and white is also manipulating… the world is colourful; seeing it B&W is cheating, right? Right? And what about changing the lens; exchange the standard 50mm with a wide-angle or telelens?
Digital photo-processing is the new age, dark room. Should we also say that artists who paint should use ground up dried out berries and leafs, like the San people in Southern Africa used to. NO! Digital photography and digital photo-processing are my tools for creating; shaping my ideas, my heart and soul, my vision and my passion…. (text inspired by and thanks to Jim McIntyre).