Vintage: Caballero

Vintage - Cabellero

“Vintage: Caballero” – from the photo shoot of the Royal Hermann’s Lipizzaners from some years ago.

Personally, I adore this image. In my estimation, it combines the modernist principals I aim for, with the feel of early photography. A nod to some of the heroes of the medium. And it retains all of the characteristics of what fine art equine photography can be. Although some may object to the terminology “Fine Art”, I feel it is a very valid phrase that identifies work whose purpose/intention is quite different from documentary, commercial or journalistic photography.

The second significant point about this image, is that it is the first one that was found being used without my permission. So my first real exposure to copyright infringement. And the first time that I attempted to protect my intellectual property. Alerted by a good friend, it was used without permission, as a reference for a commercial mural and then an image of the mural was used to promote the painters business. So multiple layers of infringement. Unfortunately it was also the first instance where I learned that as a “little guy” the only person who was going to make any money or real headway from my attempt to receive any proof that the work was destroyed or compensation for it’s misuse, was my lawyer. An unhappy truth that played itself out a number of times since. So much so, that I have stopped looking for instances of infringement of my images. Even though a number of them are now registered with US copyright.

To see more of my work visit my website at – Juliet R. Harrison Photography

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Errant Thoughts…..

I am full of errant thoughts today.

In Fine Art, I feel strongly that there is a difference between pathetically cute and provocatively naive.

AND

I used to believe that one should never dress in all black. In fashion, I now believe I should do whatever the fuck I want.

Do you buy Art?

An interesting question from a fellow artist…Do you buy art and what do you use to judge whether the work you are buying is worth what you are paying for it?

I do, and as long as I can afford it, I buy what speaks to me. But as a gallery owner, I also know that others don’t always feel they can trust their instincts about art and it’s value. They judge monetary value by the judgement of others. And often, that is the value for an artist being in a gallery. Buyers use gallery representation and prices as a measure of of legitimacy. As if someone else has vetted it first, so it must be good. Judgement via the marketplace. Has it ever really been otherwise in the general population? I think that most people feel inadequate in the face of ART. Don’t understand that if they love it and can afford it…that is all that really counts in the purchase equation. I carry work in the Equis Art Gallery, that I love. The artists set the price based upon what it has been selling for in the marketplace. And I feel strongly that for collectors and art lovers…..buy what you love. Don’t concern yourself over perceived value. Does it touch you? Can you afford to own it? When you fall in love with artwork, the value is that it has touched your heart, your mind and maybe even your soul. And I know it sounds trite, but that is priceless.