A message from God

Yesterday’s post was a lot of lamenting on my part. As is usual, the blogosphere responded with a lot of really constructive suggestions that I’ll generate individual responses to shortly. The important message though is to point out rather indirectly that I’m sitting around complaining when really I have only myself to blame because I haven’t put the work into the whole photography thing. Long ago I had a business on the side that was reasonably successful and it only worked because I busted my behind to make it work. Photography is no different. You get out of something what you put into it and while I’ve been more than willing to go take the pictures I’ve done a terrible job at the other part of this concept: drumming up business. It’s not entirely surprising because I really do suck at self-promotion. That’s the part I need to work on and that’s the challenge!

This evening I went and walked about the neighborhood rather lazily snapping photos with the fish-eye. As I walked past the local church suddenly inspiration struck with the sun eclipsing behind the spire of Advent Lutheran Church in Zionsville. It was about this time that I realized that I need to devote a couple of nights a week to this process. If I expect to have anyone wanting my free services then I need to promote myself and distinguish myself from the crowd. So I sent off an email to the Zoo with yesterday’s pictures and Advent Lutheran Church. We will see what transpires but I thank the blogosphere for pointing out my error.

Anyway, a photo. This is a blog about photography after all.ย  The Advent Lutheran Church in Zionsville Indiana nearing dusk.

From Advent Lutheran Church 2012-04-16

22 comments

  1. Beautiful shot. It’s true, we reap what we sow, but the delicate balance of time, priorities and sacrifice come to play when going for a goal. At the end of the day, what you get out of any effort you’ve applied is still up to you to decipher. Happy snapping!

  2. I, too, am insufficiently adept at the art of self-promotion. It is encouraging to know that there are photographers out there like me that struggle with the balance of creation and corporation.

  3. Awesome shadow in this pic! Same problem in the therapy biz – one can be the greatest clinician, but if they aren’t as hot in the business/marketing end of it, it’s a struggle. I think a lot of us can relate to that. Commercialism, in art, feels like a sort of cheapening to the artist, to put a value on talent. But we gotta eat….double edged sword! Thanks for sharing the lament, too – lends itself to your passion behind the pics.

  4. Sometimes it helps just to take a deep breath and wait a little more. And here it is – you had a great idea of sending photos to the zoo and the church. I wish you receive positive feedback;)

    • Heh, an excellent point. I’m a rather argumentative agnostic so I’m with you and you’re so right. You can choose to look at this as the holy light of God shining down from on high or as the dark and ominous shadow that the church has cast throughout the history of mankind. I…. like it! Thanks for pointing it out!

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