We have not been on vacation for the past 5 months, although the lack of postings here may have led you to think so. We have been diligently increasing our visibility on the internet.
We joined Squidoo last year to promote our photography on products at Cafe Press. Then Cafe Press changed its business model this spring. The owners of CP now determine the prices on all products listed in their Directory, not the shopkeepers. It’s just not possible to maintain a profitable stock photography business with the current arrangement.
In March of this year we began the tedious and time consuming job of duplicating all our photographs used on CP products to products at Zazzle. Come and visit KPhotos. Our second shop has less photographic value but is a money maker Irish Names.
ImageKind was acquired by Cafe Press last year. Some of our time was required to re-arrange our work for sale there.
On a trip to Veracruz, Mexico, we photographed local people at work. A mask maker invited us into his home where his workbench had the rough beginnings of a face mask. Bracing up against the bench with an old Leica camera Derk squeezed off a few shots. Then another mask maker posed holding some of the wood masks that would be used in Mexican festivals.
In the blacksmith shop we looked through the open door where the smithy was working. Our photograph caught sparks flying off the hammer as a glowing iron rod was beaten. The hot furnace can be seen in the background.
The most unusual work we encountered in Veracruz was a man who chiseled salsa bowls out of rock. He proudly lifted a finished bowl. We photographed it through his barred window.
In the cities people walking the streets all became photo ops. We photographed a meat market, shoe store, churches and more. It was surprising to see a Nintendo store. And homes with barred windows close to the sidewalk gave glimpses of daily life. All are available on ImageKind as posters, prints or framed prints.