That’s right, our very own Etsy Shop! Not that that is a grand accomplishment. Pretty much anyone can set one up, you just pay a few cents and upload a photo of your handmade or vintage product, which for us, is a photo itself. But, what’s exciting is the organic way that it’s developed and the possibilities that it holds.
I shared last year that I was working through The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity and as a result (one of many) we were planning to have a Photography Show when we returned home. I was inspired by the idea and immediately began to make plans, which included finding a place to host it (our beautiful friend, Lisa, enthusiastically agreed and opened her new home) and narrowing down the images we wanted to display, a somewhat daunting task. There were a hundred other decisions about print sizes and mounting options but I’ll spare you the details and just say that it was a great success.
The Shindig, as we called it, happened over a Saturday and Sunday and Adrian and I worked our asses off the preceeding days matting, framing, hanging, arranging, leveling, shining, etc. to have several months worth of preparations fall smoothly into place. And when the big day came, we stood alone in a kitchen filled with snacks and wine and stared at each other just praying someone would show up and reassuring ourselves that even if they didn’t, we could be really proud of what we’d done. A painfully long forty-five minutes later, they did show up. And they just kept coming!
I remember lying in bed when the night had finally come to an end, with a heart so utterly full of gratitude. We had offered up our most precious possessions, our photographs, and they had been embraced with warm and receptive arms. Our guests asked questions about the places and the people in the photos, they listened intently as we shared our stories and they truly appreciated all that we had experienced and seen.
If no one bought a single photograph, I was rich, filled to overflowing with the chance to relive all the moments caught in those photos and to share them with others. But, they did buy our photographs and that was icing on the cake.
Since then, we’ve had a few other opportunities to share our work and have repeatedly encountered a request for an online gallery, a place where people can see our collection of images and easily share them with others.
So we’ve opened an Etsy Shop and you can find it here. We’d love for you to browse around, let us know which images you love and if something speaks to you, buy it up and hang it on your wall.
And we’d certainly be grateful if you’d share our little shop with all of your travel loving friends!