One thing that has both attracted and frustrated me about Redbubble is that it is also driven by interest in the person, not just the art. This is one of the aspects that makes it such a great community site at times, because you really feel that people are interested in what you’re expressing, and very encouraging and supporting. One negative to this is that often, if you don’t participate, you can see interest waning in your creative output, and this pressure to participate is one that I’ve felt less of an urge to give in to lately for various reasons both personal and circumstantial. It is a little inconsistent not to provide the same level of encouragement that I felt when I began here, but longetivity here can also lead to a kind of burnout and disconnection about what excited you in the first place. It’s one of the great ironies that you want people to look at and understand your work, but the more you progress the more you feel it’s important to please yourself first and foremost about it and feel comfortable with the level of your craft and integrity of expression. In the process you start to forget the things you liked, and what you liked about what other people do.
So, with the intent to find a more level ground to stand on and re-enthuse myself about my commitment here, I’m starting a process of folio renovation prior to re-imagining my online activity and launching the brand identity of transmutephoto
195 works with 72 432 views
It’s a great exercise to look back over everything I’ve uploaded over the 2 and a bit years, and read some of the comments. There are many people there that I’ve got to know in the real world, and many whom I’ve interacted with a lot online. There are also many who fell by the wayside, some that are still here, and I feel a little remiss about. It’s kind of like a big continual party that ebbs and flows, and I’ve had many extraordinarily enriching (and some awkward) experiences with people both on and off line here.
Most of these images will disappear and not be uploaded here or anywhere else. Some may resurface after reworking here or on another site. If there’s anything you really like and would like to know the fate of, bubblemail me and ask.
The images that remain will be retagged and re-organised to best suit a more sales-oriented approach and a more cohesive vision. Some of them maybe replaced by a revised version, or may also eventually be removed if they don’t fit the vision. At this stage, I’m looking at getting it to a more manageable size.
Some of these images were quite popular in their time and a few have over 500 views and a number of favoutings, but they are now no longer generally viewed. A lot of them are more popular than the ones I’m keeping, but a lot of what I’m keeping are images that I like regardless, or that fit with everything else. It’s an evolving process.
A lot of them bring back memories and stories for me about where I was at the time. The people around me, my thought processes and feelings. They’re like little multi-dimensional slices of time that come to life again every time I look at them and it feels a little like erasing a legacy.
So, I’ll see you around the bubble sometime :)