Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was the political climate. Maybe I was just distracted. (Home renovations will have that effect.)
Whatever was going on, 2016 was a pretty slow year for me in the land of photography. So I decided it was time for a change, and I am taking a step back this year. No art markets, open studios, or holiday fairs. Here’s what I’ll be doing instead:
- Keep photographing neon. In the six months since I introduced you to Red Nickel Neon, I have expanded my mission. I have made the commitment to photograph the classic neon signs across Massachusetts before they disappear. This photo of Chet’s Diner in Northborough is one entry.
- Document the legacy of Massachusetts neon. I’m convinced there’s a book in this project — or at least a photo exhibit — and I will continue to work to make that happen.
- Get social. I created a Facebook page and Instagram account to share my neon photos and to encourage feedback and comments. Please join the conversation and use the tags @rednickelneon and #rednickelneon.
- Blog more often. Strangely, this is the most challenging item on my list. But I’m working on making more frequent blog posts and I will let you know when I post a new item.
- Help preserve endangered neon signs. Right now it’s the Schrafft’s sign in Charlestown, but I doubt that will be the last.
- Make it easier to buy my photos online. For those of you who want to purchase my photos, I am updating the eCommerce features of my website. I’m trying an alternative to Etsy — and still sorting out a few details — but you can check it out here.
So even though I’m taking a step back from the art market world, I won’t be disappearing. I will be focusing on building a body of work that documents and celebrates the neon signs in Massachusetts and beyond — the recently restored, the deteriorating, and the abandoned. I will miss the face-to-face conversations, but I hope to stay in touch with all of you online.
And because I’ve learned to never say never, if I decide to participate in selected art markets, I’ll let you know.