I'm working on a photo book. If it sells not one copy, that's cool. But, before this year is out I'll have some of my photos put in book form, even if I only publish 10 copies myself to give as Christmas gifts. :)
I don't think my stuff is "ALL THAT" and it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Simply a bucket-list item.
One of my other resolutions has been to be a better friend. In that spirit: I was catching up with this sys-admin buddy of mine that lives in the Louisville Area and he makes this indictment to me:
"I see all the stuff you post online. You used to be one of the strongest software minds I've ever met. A machine. It seems as if you are wasting your time with this photography thing."
(he's not a Flickr, G+ guy.. yet. and yes I'm still busting my ass as a developer though I've never been as good as claimed)
I told him that he smelled bad and shouldn't still live at home with mom @ 40. We said our graces, marked our calendars to insult one another in a few weeks and ended the call. (Skype)
I respect his delivery method for trying to inform me that I suck at photography. Exaggerated flattery and then BAMM -- the gut punch.
That's how our relationship is though. Brutal honesty and rudeness.
Now, his opinion of my photography skill, I don't even care about. We all have our opinions and that didn't phase me at all.
The indictment of "wasting my time" however.. did get me thinking.
I'm not worried at all about wasting my time but I was curious.. to see just how many "photo outings" sourced a year's worth of posts. It is an interesting question b/c as I look at a significant investment in another camera -- and having a perfectly epic Sony A77 in-hand. I tend to mentally itemize the cost of the camera over the number of times it gets touched.
Here's what I found.
I milk the crap out of a relatively small number of actual outings. hehe.
My 2011 Photos are divided into two catalogs..
Year End 2011 Financial Recap (Photography Activities)
Number of Canvases Sold in 2011: 2
Number of Canvases Sold So Far: 0
I post all of this to say.. that if you look at your passions as a business, a waste of resources. It seems insane. Cut your losses and walk away, right?