A number of you have emailed me asking me to sell photos again.
After my really major surgery – my evisceration – I was faced with a 6 month period of adjuvant chemotherapy. I made the decision that unlike the first time around, I would not try to work in the shop through that period. I sent back some down payments, and I just took it easy. It turned out to be a pretty good decision because that second 6 month round of chemo really brought me to my knees. There is no way that I COULD have worked during that time.
It isn’t particularly in my nature, though, to be unproductive. And while we had plenty of support from family and friends, I felt as though I wanted to be able to contribute in some way.. Wanted to be able to help out a little, financially. So I opened up an Etsy store and sold some photos. It was quite a success! You all rose to the occasion and bought prints!
I now find myself in a similar position. I have retired from bike building, because I simply don’t have the strength. It is heartbreaking for me, but it seems that the Ultimate Tight Ass HAS turned out to be my ultimate bike. I mean, I’m not dead yet!! I’m not making any promises.. But there is no question that the disease is progressing rapidly. It takes me a long time to get going in the morning, especially on the days that I have to perform my strange gut emptying procedure! And evening exhaustion seems to be setting in earlier and earlier. My days, in short, have gotten shorter and are getting shorter still! (I am writing this at 5:00 in the evening and keep falling asleep mid sentence).
In some ways I am greatly enjoying my retirement. I am playing pool MOST days. I have fairly limitless attention and patience for the game. I typically play for 5 or 6 hours and it does not get boring for me. And YET! it does not satisfy the creative urge in me that seems never to go away. And by creative urge, I mean the urge TO create.. to bring things into being. The urge to make stuff. At the end of a day of playing pool, I put my cue away and I head home on the train, and even if I’ve had a great day of pool, I have no artifact to show for it. The artifacts, somehow, are important to me.
I’ve got some little projects going in the shop. Pill flasks (keep your eyes peeled. Those will go fast!), and other small projects that don’t require the commitment of a bicycle. But printing photos is something that I can do in a physical state that would make working in the shop impossible, or at least a bad idea.
So I’ve decided to go back to selling photos. I’m working on a section of my photo site where you’ll be able to buy prints.
Now. This is much more easily said than done.
I worked out all the details. How to package. How to ship. How to deal with the e-commerce. I got a label printer, so that I wouldn’t be wasting paper, or dealing with messy tape. Everything was ready to go, streamlined, and then it came time to decide what photos to actually sell.
Suddenly I realized what I should have realized from the very start! That to put these photos up for sale is to announce that I take myself seriously as a photographer! The confidence that you are all used to seeing from me, arrogance even, DOES actually have some bounds. In fact it makes me quite anxious to present myself as a photographer. I’m not sure why it was easier the last time I sold prints. Maybe because I felt that there were those of you who wanted to help us out, and that buying a print gave you a way to. That the photos were just thank you cards for your support.. they might as well have been tote bags!
This time, I’m going to try to be bold and sell you some art. After much deliberation about how to do this, lots of discussions with friends and family, I think I’ve landed on an approach.
I’ll be making a for sale tab on my photo website live very soon.