Artist Interview (John Miller, AJM Photography)
John Miller (AJM Photography), a “Red Bubbler” since December of 2008, joined the Domestic Art Group just 2 months ago and recently won the Avatar Challenge with "An Incident Involving Four Bottles… ":http://www.redbubble.com/people/ajmphotography/... (shown below).
This image (which perfectly embodies the definition of “domestic art”) will serve as the Domestic Art Group avatar for the next two months, and will also appear on the group’s homepage for the same period of time. In addition, John has become the newest Featured Member of the Domestic Art Group and the subject of the artist interview that appears below.
What’s your name?
John Miller, though my first name is Anthony, hence AJM Photography.
How did you first hear about RedBubble, and why did you decide to join?
Things were going downhill at another site and a member there suggested I take a look at RedBubble (thanks Pamela!) It looked like a site where there would be some good interaction and appreciation, so I joined up.
What made you decide to join the Domestic Art Group?
I have only put up a few photos on RedBubble, generally those I am particularly happy with (although there are also a few I am “testing”). I look around for groups that are appropriate to the photos I am showing, rather than the other way round. I felt that I had several that would fit well in the Domestic Art Group, so decided to join.
How long have you been honing your craft as a photographer?
Well, I thought I was a good photographer when I was a student, but basically I didn’t have a clue. I had a Zenit SLR that was great for learning as everything had to be set manually. That was many years ago. I guess it was when I bought a Minolta A2 in 2004 that I started to take photography more seriously and began to develop some basic skills.
Tell us a bit about your success so far on RedBubble. Have you sold much or accomplished other goals here?
Not sold a thing. But then again, I’m not really trying and that’s not really why I’m here. If I make a few sales then great, but it’s my day-job that pays the rent. I’m trying to find a wider audience for my work and it seems to be getting some recognition on RedBubble – 18 challenge wins and two photos on the front page so far…
What’s your personal favorite uploaded image to the site to date?
Difficult. It could be Tipple but the original idea is not mine. I think Rainstar turned out well, but again the concept came from elsewhere. An Incident… is certainly one of my favourites, and though it started out based on an idea I’d seen elsewhere, it evolved into something that was completely mine. Which I guess is why I’ll go for Devil’s Dice – the concept evolved into something unexpected during the shooting.
Do you spend a lot of time marketing your RedBubble products? How do you market your profile?
At present I’m not marketing at all – I’m travelling abroad much of the time this year and up to my ears in the proverbial stuff that my day-job seems to attract.
How do you market yourself as a photographer in general?
I maintain the website ajm_photography and whenever I can I try to slip people a visiting card with the site address and a few selected thumbnails. And, erm, that’s about it…
The challenge that you won required you to submit your BEST Domestic Art image. Why do you consider this particular image to be your best domestic art image?
Depends how best is defined. In this case, it’s because it was the best fun to do. It took quite some thought to set up and resulted in a garage floor covered in water and broken glass, since the glasses used in early attempts were not fixed sufficiently securely…
Anything else you’d like to add…
Well, I would certainly like to thank you for hosting such an excellent group, and to thank all those who voted for “An Incident…” I would also like to thank those who have encouraged me with their support over the last few months. I tend not to respond to individual comments on photos unless a specific question is asked or point raised – not because I’m not appreciative, but rather because I think the limited time I can spend on RB is put to better use by commenting on the work of others.
By the end of the year I should be traveling a little less and would hope to be able to spend more time here. In the meantime, greetings from Morocco,
Artist interview with the winner of the most recent Domestic Art Group Avatar Challenge… John Miller (AJM Photography).