Weekly Wanderings

Living in the mid Willamette Valley of Oregon, I am surrounded by agriculture. I can often be found on the roadside taking photos of baby lambs, beehives, tractors, and old barns. On this day, I found myself in Halsey, trying to capture the pigeons as they circled the broken top of the remains of the old wooden grain elevator. That turned out to be an exercise in frustration, as I was hoping for the swirl of birds to pass in formation just to the side of the wooden structure. It turns out pigeons are either not mind readers or not very cooperative.

I did capture a few shots of the old structure before I moved on. The afternoon sun was casting a warm glow on the wooden planks, exposed after the removal of the sheeting. I like the look of the metal chutes juxtaposed with the wood pattern, and it really pops in black and white. This will look really nice on a metal print.

Textures and Patterns

I uploaded some of my photos to Zazzle the other day to create cell phone cases. My daughter suggested making more of the close up textures. Here’s what I came up with. After adding them to Zazzle, I uploaded them to Redbubble as well, which automatically puts them on assorted products. I was surprised at how much I liked the simple patterns on various items. Zazzle only lets you create one item at a time, so it’s more of a guessing game as to what customers might be interested in. I like cell phone cases and notebooks, so I start there. These are a few items from the Redbubble automatic products that I liked. If you click on any link, you will go to that item’s page, but you will also be able to see the image on other items as well.

One of the reasons I love print on demand is the ability to print my photography on more than just wall art. As an artist who spends a lot of time creating, then a lot more time (and money) creating physical items to hang at the gallery, this is a nice option. It frees me up to do what I love, which is taking the actual pictures.

Have you purchased items from a print on demand site? What did you think?