A Behind the Scenes Partnership

BehindtheScenesNothing beats interviewing people who are passionate about what they do.

So that’s just what I did.

I wrote my first article for the Market Books a little over a year ago and was given the green light to write four more articles to be featured in their marvelous books. After pitching a few ideas to my editor, I then went out and scrounged up a few contacts that would bring my vision to life.

Originally, I contacted a gallery in southern Michigan that goes by the name of Buckham Fine Arts Project, otherwise known as Buckham Gallery. I knew the Executive Director from way back and assumed that a little exposure would help her out, just as it would go a long ways for me and my latest writing gig. I gave her a short and sweet synopsis of what I was expecting – namely I wanted to uncover the bigger picture of why galleries are so important to an artist’s career, especially in light of the easy access of social media nowadays.

Before I knew it, Meghan Kelly, the Executive Director, had lined up Tracie K-Hilder, a fabulous photographer and artist who’s been pretty cemented in the industry for a long while now. Both ladies were absolutely perfect interview subjects, because both gave big, juicy answers to most of the questions I asked.

Behind_the_ScenesThe article delves into what galleries can offer to photographers and artists, while also splurging secrets on things that don’t even cross the minds of consumers that walk into a showing. Everything from picture placement, to hanging specifications, and so much more are divulged to help photographers and artists get a better idea of what’s expected of them.

The stories intertwined seamlessly and I learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes in this artistic partnership, more so than I was expecting when I first set out to write this piece. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of the relationship found between an author and their editor, since both are heavily reliant upon the other.

In fact, the main reason I wanted to pursue this article is because I have so much experience with the author and editor relationship, that I wanted to see if a similar relationship could be found in the photography industry – which it can.

If you don’t believe me, read it here to find out!

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