As the final days of the MA Photography are upon me, my mind inevitably turns to – what next in my photographic journey?

Well, my exhibition at An Crubh in late October has confirmed that I will continue to grow and develop my community of followers on the Isle of Skye and I already have two exhibitions booked in 2020 – in May and October.

I am planning to research and contact galleries in Glasgow, Edinburgh and other Scottish towns to see if they would be interested in my work. I intend to visit a number of galleries, incognito, in the first instance to see what type of work they exhibit and the spread of photographers/artists they already represent. When I have done this research I will make a small number of personal, written and informed approaches, including examples of my work and links to my website and blog.

I also need to consider my options in terms of my business model moving forward. It seems to me that I have three, not necessarily exclusive choices, if I wish to expand my business:

  1. Present my work in local exhibition spaces on Skye and engage primarily with my current network of followers
  2. Research and develop relationships with a number of galleries across Scotland on a commission basis
  3. Engage an agent to manage these relationships for me.

There are pros and cons with all of these options, such as commission rates, logistics in supplying images on a larger scale and the inevitable issue of pricing moving forward.

I have a commission in June-July 2020 to photograph and exhibit images of the National Heritage site at Silchester in conjunction with the University of Reading.

I have lots of practical work to do in terms of expanding my use of Mailchimp to produce welcome notes, notifications of blog posts and monthly newsletters to my followers. I intend to continue writing blogs similar to those required by the MA – contextual research posts, comments on other photographers’ work and seeking feedback on my current work. I also want to refine and develop my website particularly in the area of monetisation.

I plan to work on further films and podcasts. In particular, responding to feedback I received on my first film, I would like to produce a film that shows the wild and changeable side of Skye’s weather and include sounds of the Island too. My work on the loch continues whatever the weather and to have a film depicting more typical weather conditions would provide the viewer with a better sense of my work and practice. I am going to consider producing podcasts as a low cost option to provide information and insights on aspects of photography.

I also intend to produce a hard copy book towards the end of 2020 and have already made contact with a designer in this regard.

I would like to do further background research on Silchester before my work starts.

So, I have my work cut out as I prepare myself to face the challenges of running a photographic business.

But, before that . . . I am a compulsive book buyer, and for two years I have had little time to read novels and even some of the books purchased for the MA. This is a selection of books that I will be reading in the next few weeks!

Post MA Reading – Alison Price, December 2019

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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