This is a photo I taken while visiting Madrid’s famous Rastro Flea Market; the Rastro runs through a maze of streets and to say it is well attended is an understatement!
Cheap clothing, luggage of all shapes and sizes, old records, even older photos and postcards of Madrid, faux designer purses, household goods and electronics are the main fare. Antiques and jewellery are a big draw, in the photograph a line of pocket watches. It is hard for me to tell if the watches are really old, or replicas made to look old.
Why did I repost this photo? I could start by saying it is “timeless” but that would be a really bad pun! When I originally posted the image it received quite a few comments, and it is one of the image I have thought of ordering a print for our home. I have added it to my society6 page
I would love to get your feedback on the image, and even my society6 page if you visit there, oh and I would love to hear any other really bad pun you can think of for the image, I love puns!
I love when someone from my past contacts me and requests my help updating their business portraits. I have known Glenn for many years, almost as many years as I have (had) worked in the insurance industry. Not just another friend from the industry I eventually went to work with him at Hansen Labelle. I was honoured that he contact me when he wanted to update his business portrait.
Why are professional profile images important? Social media expert, Catherine Saykaly-Stevens of The Network Web, she suggests a good recognizable photo showing eye contact with the view is essential for establishing connection, and I couldn’t agree more, as it promotes your professional presence. People want to connect with you and when they can see who you are they are more likely to make that connection. It is possible, in fact most likely that that your profile image might be the first time they see you, read and/or learn about you, it might just be their first impression of you, and we all know how important that first impression can be.
I will write more on how to prepare for you business portrait in another post, for now know that if you want the world to see you as a professional then your portraits should be more that a selfie taken in the bathroom mirror or one of your holiday snapshots (unless you are a bathroom designer or a travel advisor)!
For years I have wondered what to do with all my photographs, and now I think I have found the answer, POD! There are a number of Print on Demand sites, artists can upload and sell their art on a variety of items like t-shirts, phone cases, tote bags, and more. Artists make a commission off each sale, and the site handles all printing, shipping, and customer service.
During the last couple of weeks I have been reviewing different options, checking out the reviews and trying to decide which POD service I would utilize. I have decided, to start with Society6. The reviews regarding the number and quality of products, ease of use for both the artist and buyer as well as features available for marketing were good, or better than on some sites, but generally they were all quite similar and I think it comes down to personal preferences and experience. It was a difficult choice on where to start, I eventually decided there was no perfect answer, so I decided to just start, and opened a shop with Society 6.
Are you a contributor to one of the sites, do you have your own page, I would love to hear from you about your experience as a photographer or artist. How did you choose which site to utilize, how is it working out for you? Is it a good idea to have more than one shop, or should I be brand loyal and promote the heck out of one site? I have so many questions, and I am hoping as a fellow contributor you will help me by sharing your experience.
As a consumer, have you ordered from one of these sites? What do you think of the products, have you been satisfied with the service? I want to ensure that my photos, name and reputation are associated with quality products and a quality company. Your experience with a company would be helpful information both for me and for other consumers looking to make a purchase.
If you have a few minutes, check out my store, let me know what you think, stay in touch as new designs and items will be added regularly.
Bill and I decided to do something completely different last weekend, we went out to the Leighton Art Centre south of Calgary and learned the basics of reduction lino cut printmaking from Lenny Lane, otherwise known as Lino Lenny. It was a busy two days, each of the budding artists brought designs we wanted to transfer to the lino block. With Lenny’s great instruction, and encouragement, he guided us through the process step by step to our final images.
The Leighton Art Centre is just south of Calgary, and it is a wonderful place to visit, the house if now a gallery featuring local artists and printmakers. They have various workshops if you are interested in expanding or exploring your artistic skills.
Lino Lenny is a patient instructor as well as a knowledgeable and talented printmaker, I recommend you check out his webpage to fully appreciate the art printmaking
This painting is called “The Vucciria” and is by Renato Guttuso, is large (300 cm x 300 cm) painted in 1974 while he was living in Lombardy. I have read that he ordered food to be shipped by air to him from Palermo, including a side of beef in order to paint food from life!
His work is a visual representation of the feelings I had while exploring the local markets a maze of food, smells, sights, sounds and people, and an inspiration for my images.
Market Street Palermo Sicily
The term Vucciria derives from the French word boucherie, or butcher shop, but in Sicily the meaning encompasses noise, confusion, chaos, reflecting the atmosphere that dwells along the streets of the market. Sicilians say “It was a vucciria” the way we in English say “It was bedlam” or “It was a madhouse”.
Lucky for Bill and I there are several street markets in Palermo, as old as the Vucciria, which are a frenzied mass of people buying fruits, vegetables and fish and meat, men on motorbikes piled high squeezing through the crowds delivering more merchandise to the stalls, and men shouting out to sell their wares. We returned to the markets many times to shop for local food and enjoy the vucciria!
Just a short post after our short stay on Palermo Italy. We had a wonderful.tume wandering the streets.
If you follow along on Instagram I apologize for the duplicate photos. I am editing, posting and blogging using only the phone and it does get a bit tedious! I do have more photos and stories I will post another time once I am home, a look back feature!
Take care I do hope you hard enjoying tour summer, where ever you are.
Our final day, we left O Pedrouzo about 6:30am, it was 20C and the humidity was 94%! By the time we arrived at the cathedral it was 31C and the humidity was downto 54%!
The 5 hour walk was hot and muggy, the final hills in no way seemed as hard as what we had done since leaving St. Jean Pied de Port but with the heat they were not easy either.
One of the great things about doing the Camino a second time has been all the memories that have been jarred loose, things long forgotten suddenly remembered with the visual clue if being there once again.
We are looking forward to visiting some favourite sites in Santiago de Compostela.
According to the Camino office we were among the 1514 people to register and receive the Compostela for completing their Camino. Approximately 15% walked the 799 km from St. Jean Pied de Port as we did, others were either on different routes, or started at one of the many cities along the Camino Francis.
We left Melida just before 7 am to walk the 14k to Aruza; despite the short distance we aheaded out early as the days are getting hot, temperatures of 31C were expected.
We walked down beautiful country lanes.
Crossed small creeks on stone bridges.
But most magical of all was passing through the eucalyptus forest. As the trees grow it sheds a layer of bark, ribbons of bark fall away revealing the smooth new layer below, and the soft smell of eucalyptus hung in the air.
We left Portomarin about 7:15 am it was about 15C and foggy. We arrived in Palas de Rei just hefore 2 pm. In just under 7 hrs we walked 24 k. 36770 steps. By noon it was 27C – 74% humidity, just a little muggy! Galicia is not flat, all day we were either going up hill or down! Soooo tired!
We walked past the Church of Santa Marina, past this wonderful mural and on to Portomarin today, 24k, 6.5 hrs, 36,500 steps. One if our longer days. The Galician countryside is beautiful, most beautiful were the stone bridges.
We have seen considerable more people on the walk. When I checked the statistics last night over 1700 people registered at the Camino office in Santiago de Compostela as having completed their walk on Sunday June 11th; 22% of those started their walk in Sarria, while 14% started in St. Jean Pied de Port. We are 6 days from arriving in Santiago de Compostela, I will let you know how many people arrive with us!