In what has become a little bit of a regular occurrence, I have been reviewing the sales of my work in January to see just which pieces are resonating with the public. With over 3000 images now available as prints or on other products, it can be difficult for me to really understand what sort of photographs people like to see on their walls. Which brings me round to January 2023, which turned out to be a very good month with more recognition of my work than I expected. So perhaps I start with a big thank you to all of you who decided to buy one of my pieces!
The first sale came on the first of the year and it was no surprise that it turned out to be a small framed print of one of my favorites – the Mountaineer statue at WVU moved to a new position (for this photo!) in front of Woodburn Hall. I’ve written one of my stories about the statue that gives a bit of background to this print. I was in for a second surprise with a sale of the same image just five days later. Definitely a favorite!
A buyer from Chicago was dreaming of warmer places and decided on a 24-inch framed panoramic print of Makua Beach on the west coast of Oahu. This beach is somewhat out of the way even on a smallish island, and I hope this brings back happy memories for them:
A very nice lady from Vienna in West Virginia contacted me to ask my advice about how best to display this image of the sun setting behind the New River Gorge bridge in WV. Interestingly, she was looking for a print of this bridge for her home and saw my version in a Google search and immediately she knew that was the one she wanted. Always nice to know just how people find my work! She decided on a canvas print in the end.
West Virginia University came to the fore again for a buyer from Vermont, who purchased a 20×12 framed print of Woodburn Hall at WVU in the snow. This is another personal favorite of mine!
A buyer from my home town of Morgantown bought one of the largest prints of the month with this 36-inch framed print of the restored painting of an old locomotive cresting the Appalachian mountains at Buckhorn Wall in West Virginia. This restoration took a lot of time and effort and I wondered, at the time, if anyone would like the result. I’m very pleased that someone local did like it!
I created two versions of this – one with the original edges that showed the colors that were used in the drawing and one with a more neutral edge. Both versions are in my online store.
Woodburn Hall at WVU was also the subject of a print for a buyer from Maryland. However, this one was a digital drawing version of the original photo. I tried various versions of this to see which one I liked and, in the end, uploaded several different styles. I wrote about the background to this in this story.
Back to Hawaii and the lovely island of Kauai for this next image. I had posted some of my images from Kauai on a Facebook group focused on that island, and someone contacted me to let me know that he and his wife loved this beach and he asked my advice on what sort of print would look best. I thought a metal or acrylic print would show off the colors and the contrast of the photograph and he ended up buying a 48-inch-wide metal print of Tunnels beach from the air:
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This Post Has 6 Comments
Dorothy Berry-Lound10 Feb 2023
Beautiful images Steve, I am not surprised they have sold. Congratulations!
Steve Heap10 Feb 2023
Louis Dallara10 Feb 2023
Congratulations on all those sales
Steve Heap10 Feb 2023
jim hughes11 Feb 2023
That image of the bridge is really striking. It actually gave me a slight twinge of vertigo. The sun lighting up the foreground, plus the mist in the distance, create a nice feeling of depth.
Steve Heap11 Feb 2023
That certainly is one of my best sellers and it was just taken when we stopped at the visitor center on our way home. Just shows that you don’t always have to plan these things!