I have been more in tune with my own personal pace lately and I am so much happier. Trying to keep up with constant blog posts, Facebook page updates and twitter comments does not come naturally for me. I definitely work much slower and more modestly. It’s an odd thing to feel like you have to do something that’s unnatural just to maintain your business. Social media has taken putting yourself out there to a new level. I always knew as a photographer my work is a commodity-the work I create from my heart-and have found it challenging. But now that you have to sell yourself and your lifestyle as a commodity, it’s even harder for me.
However, I could definitely see marketing myself as a gypsy traveler making art on the open ocean who is difficult to get a hold of! That would be my ideal career.
But, I have been busy doing internal work. The work I’ve been needing to do. The work I have been craving for so long. I love what I do for my clients but in order to continue to grow and evolve, artists need to take the time to understand their personal work: why they make the images they do, why certain images keep showing up as important and meaningful images to them personally.
I’ve been on this path for awhile but as I mentioned earlier, I work slowly. I prefer a meditative pace and tend to take awhile to soak things in. It takes me a long time to get to know people too and to allow them to show themselves to me before I call them friend. I can’t jump into anything. I like to savor the time and do things quietly without much hullabaloo. I don’t want celebrity. I don’t respect it and don’t see a place for it in my life.
Thus I have learned this is why I started a family so late in life and why it has taken me 25 years to see the truth in my own photography. It’s just my way and I am so much happier knowing this and living this way.
So, I finally committed to a real website and am finally putting myself out there slowly but deliberately. Be sure to check out my evolving fine art galleries as well as the growing gallery of commercial work on my new site (with more to come in the next month!).
See the new site here: kristiannekoch.com