The more observant amongst you will have noticed that I've started to move my prints over to Fine Art America. It's a rather protracted process but it gives me a great opportunity to clear out some older, less inspired photographs and make way for some great new work.
The driving force behind this change has been two-fold. The first is cost. I'm currently paying nearly £500 a year to host my Photoshelter galleries and my Squarespace website, which frankly is just too much. And the second is a need for a rebrand.
When I first opened a Photoshelter account many years ago, my plan was to sell both stock and prints from there and sit back and watch the cash roll in. Unsurprisingly though, it hasn't panned out like that. I've found that trying to sell stock myself is very very difficult. It is possible and I have done so, but the market is so competitive and there are so many specialist sites that do this a whole lot better than I could ever do. And the same applies to prints too. Whilst I have managed to generate sales, the turnover just hasn't been sufficient to warrant the overhead.
So with a new outlet for my prints, a far bigger marketplace in which to plonk myself, lower overheads and better social networking integration, I now have to sell far fewer prints to break even. Check out the prints here. They start at only £28 and to celebrate the launch, I'm offering a 25% discount to blog subscribers! Simply use the code DHXCHT when checking out. But don't hang around, the code expires at the end of this month. I'm posting new images up there every day. If you want to keep abreast of uploads, you could always subscribe to the RSS feed here.
Oh, and just in case you were a tad hesitant, the returns policy couldn't be simpler!
If you're not happy with a purchase that you made on Fine Art America, for any reason, you can return it to them within 30 days of the order date. As soon as it arrives, they'll issue a full refund for the entire purchase price, including the outgoing shipping charge. Please note - Fine Art America does not reimburse the return shipping charge unless the return is due to a defect in quality.
Fine Art America sells thousands of pieces of artwork each month - all with a 100% money-back guarantee.
If you've hesitated to purchase artwork online in the past, why not give them a try? You have nothing to lose!
I am also now contributing in earnest to Arcangel (at least I will be once all the new changes have been rolled out). Arcangel are a stock agency who primarily focus on book covers but also now sell to record labels, magazine publishers and advertising agencies amongst others. They have a great community for contributors and it's taught me a whole new way of seeing and composing.
And this website.... I love Squarespace and this website is my pride and joy but I'm paying too much to host it and there's been more than one occasion when I've found it just not configurable enough. Being a nerd at heart, a web developer in a previous life, and a bit of a fussy git, I'm finding that Squarespace no longer really cuts the mustard. So it's back to Wordpress in the not too distant future. The branding work has been done and the construction of the new site is underway. It's going to be stunning and I can't wait to share it with you.
Until next week, my friends....