May 08, 2005

Hired Help

I'm a photographer by trade nowadays (but it's hardly the only thing I do for a living). I sometimes freelance for a few local rags, and got a few of my photos into a couple of glossies this month. Typically, I'm going to have to buy copies of the magazine to see the results -- no comps for me, I'm just the photographer with a tiny byline.

I recently (re)visited Mountain Light Gallery in the Owens Valley -- Galen Rowell was a friend of a friend of a friend, and although his stuff isn't really my cup of tea, it's always worth looking at in person. I'm a photographer, so I'm not his target market (I'd say rich and aspiring-to-be-rich people up from LA visiting Mammoth ski resort would be a large slice of his target audience, at least by the look of the prices and the way the images are printed and framed). Like most photographers, I can't possibly afford to buy photos. The gallery attendant / sales person there was amused when I said this, but it's true -- I live in an old factory surrounded by industrial decay and can barely make the rent, how could I afford to buy what I sell?


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