Update: I've added one person to the circle so far,She exactly fits the guidelines. I have also gotten about 25 requests today (some via comment, some via my G email), but have only looked at a few so far.
One thing that turns me off is if the photographer doesn't have any images on G+. Another is if the profile isn't even filled out a little bit. The idea is to have photographers that are working to extend their reach. It isn't enough to just have a link to a store, you've got to have some reason for a G+ viewer to visit your store.
This shared circle has a very narrow scope. It is for photographers who are struggling to make a living through their fine art photography and who have put some work into showing their images.
It doesn't mean that you need to be a full-time photographer (though that is a plus) but you will need to have an online presence that shows your attempts to make a living through your photography. For example, for G+ users: have a profile picture (of some kind); fill out something that potential customers will be interested in on your profile page; and please you need to upload pictures at a decent size (at least 800px) and open to the public.
I believe that anyone that reads this – knows what I'm talking about. It certainly describes myself (selling and living from web photography sales since 1999). It is a very difficult task and I would like to have a shared circle of people who have really sacrificed to live this life.
If you have a few hundred thousand followers on G+ this list isn't for you. Sorry. This is for photographers that really need a boost.
I'm only going to respond to requests that I can understand, i.e. you need to have an English language version of your bio somewhere that you can point me to.
Here are the requirements in a nutshell:
1. Send a link to your online store, or wherever you make contact with potential customers. You can be selling Print on Demand Books (for example) or prints or high resolution files.
2. Look at your bank account and make sure that you are a struggling fine art photographer and it helps if I can see that you've been at it for a while. This is not a whim.
3. Your typical customer wants to buy prints or high resolution files for their office, an institution, a gift, etc. I am currently not including "event photography" in the circle.
4. You've got to have put some work into G+. Fill out your profile. And post some photography for the public to see. Be working to have a presence here.
I'm not going to do critiques, and I'm not going to get into why you were or weren't included. Email me your storefront links with whatever other information you are comfortable sharing.
Believe it or not – I am a human being with likes and dislikes that may not always be rational.
The fact that you weren't included should mean nothing to you. The fact that you were included just means that I thought you met the criteria and and sensed that you were an artist – or working towards becoming one. But if you are put off by not being selected, you just figure that I'm wrong.
I realize this all sounds strict and formal but I'm writing this so that I don't get overwhelmed with junk or with requests by photographers who are already on a million lists or photographers who just got their camera last week and expect to be making a living at it already.
I hope to populate this circle with good but relatively unknown struggling artists that can be shared with the art buying population.
Dave Beckerman shared a circle with you.
p.s. If anyone has a better name for the circle – just let me know. Maybe we don't want to be known as Struggling Artists. The struggle part has to do with that thing called money. It has nothing to do with your art.
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