I'm going to be taking some time "off." Today and maybe tomorrow, until I finish signing prints. If I don't, Ctein is going to put his philosophical pacifism on hold just long enough to kill me.
Sorry for the interruption! Pretty much everything I'm doing right now is designed to give me more time for doing what I do best...writing. Ironically, however, the work of getting to that place takes time away from writing.
I was talking to Peter the other day and I mentioned the high and bitter irony of that. I'm getting to the point that I have so much work to do running my little business that I won't have any time for writing posts—which is, of course, the foundation of the business.
He replied that that's a very familiar situation for photographers in general—and he's right! It's quite possible to have so much work to do running a photography business that it crowds out most of the time available for actually taking pictures.
John Sexton solves this by taking photographing trips. It becomes easier to find time to shoot when it's just you and a 4x5 and you're living in a tent.
Michael and Paula used to shoot for six months a year and market prints for the other six months. I don't know if they still do that—I don't think so. But when they were, they were pretty strict about it.
This is one reason why, traditionally, many professional photography businesses were "Mom and Pop" operations. One spouse (not always the male) took the pictures and schmoozed with the clients, and the other ran the business.
The patron saint of the "woman behind the man" in photography is Tabitha May (Pritts) Kinsey, wife of Darius. She labored in the darkroom for half a century so that he could roam the West taking (and selling) photographs. They've got to be candidates for photography's hardest working couple.
I wish somebody would reprint the great two-volume set of Kinsey, Photographer. The single-volume paperback is still findable, but the two-volume set is rare now.
Tabitha was one of photo history's unsung great printers, too. She was one of my heroes when I was a custom printer.
What was this post about, again? Oh, yeah.
One more word and the ASA (able sale administrator) will blow his lid, so I'd better get to signing. See you in a few.
P.S. Oh, and a quote o' the day for today: David Vestal: "Do your work." This is taped to the top of my iMac. Okay, now I'm off to take David's advice.
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Jim Hart: "Might as well take some time off; can't leave the house, there's a hole in the road...."
Brooks Jensen: "I'll put in a vote for my wife, Maureen Gallagher, without whom LensWork would simply not exist. But then again, I might be biased in this. :-) "