Artists – just get over yourselves
Today and tomorrow our local art fair is taking place. We’re not exhibiting because I’m not yet sure that we ‘do tents’. We might one day but not for the moment. However, Andy went up there early this morning to get some photographs of the art fair setting up. These were for me to send to social media and to use to create a blog post. Promoting our local area is my thing (baby).
This we did, as planned. By 9.30am photographs had been sent to every social media known to man and a cute article written complete with slideshow. Then Andy told me that one of the exhibitors had played hell with him for photographing his booth. I’ll post it below.
Andy was, as always, photographing with his iPhone. Not his super duper up-to-date one either. That has some sort of ailment and is in the iPhone medical center. No, he was using an old one. Don’t ask me what G thingy it is, I don’t know, but it’s old.
So, artist-who-complained, this was an iPhone image, for goodness sake. Not a Nikon plus telephoto lens. And, might I add, the purpose of the photograph was to promote you and your pals, a fact that might have been explained to you if you’d shut up and listened for a moment.
And, I might also add, you were on a public street at a free-admission event. You are fair game. Ask celebrities.
But what I really want to know is what are you afraid of? The answer I get when I ask this question is that artists don’t want their work to be ripped off or copied. Why not? Are you so insecure? You really think people want to? And what if they do?
I could knock out a Jackson Pollock pretty quickly. I could even sign it ‘Jackson’ since that’s my last name. But it wouldn’t be a Jackson Pollock would it?
This is the photograph in question. And the artist has one of the booths on the left.
So sir, what did your tantrum achieve? Passers-by thought you were a loony. You showed them just how great a guy you are. They realized that you’re hardly a welcoming fellow and not the sort of person people want to do business with.
Oh and you got a blog post written about you too.