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Black and White Photography, New York: Friday, May 14, 2004

Just back from the outdoor Met. exhibit -- and pretty tired, but let me jot some things down while they're still fresh:

1) Don't wear short pants if it is cold.  I was basically freezing all morning.  Why I thought it was going to be warm I don't know.

2) The contraption for displaying the prints worked well.  It was pretty windy at times and thankfully the whole thing didn't tip over.

3) The biggest problem I had was:

a) getting the shopping cart out my own front door

b) pulling the shopping cart loaded with stuff back up the two flights of stairs at the end of the day.  That was a Promethean struggle.

4) More is more.  Only showing a total of 16 prints at once is not good.  The more the merrier.  Since you have absolutely no idea of what is going to catch someone's eye -- and then lead them to a dead stop and start browsing -- you need to have enough to keep them there long enough to start a conversation.

5) There are no rules about when to approach the potential buyer.  Some people rush over and say "good morning" right away -- others sidle over; and some just sit around and wait for the buyer to signal to them.

Now - it was by all accounts a "dead day."  At least everyone around me was saying that (all Chinese).  Very slow today.  Very slow.  Nothing happening.  Fridays are always bad.  It was the weather in the morning. 

Stuff along those lines.

I ended up selling 10 small prints @ $20 each (although I gave a discount on for one woman who bought 4 prints).

So that's a start.  In fact, after I realized what prints were popular -- I also realized I had run out of duplicates of them.

So it was a mixed day -- and tiring -- and I'll be lucky if I don't come down with a cold.  But also promising.  The whole thing about needing a license to sell -- not true.  Not if you are the artist.  And even that rule seems to be stretched since the Chinese are selling the same prints throughout the city -- and you can't be in 20 different places at the same time.  And each one I asked told me, I'm selling it for my brother-in-law; or I'm selling it for my sister, etc.  So there may be some loophole about selling stuff for family members.

I don't think I'm going to go tomorrow -- I'm going to do more prints and make some changes to the display so I can show more things -- and be out there on Sunday.

8:11:28 PM    


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