Like most people, I sat back and contemplated life during the lock down. I decided it was time to redevelop my website and at a risk, I transferred my domain from www.sheldonphoto.com to www.fineartpapers.ie to better represent my core products and my main market place. It's all be very worthwhile as my old site now points to here and the new site is gaining a huge new client base. Now that my website is an HTTPS as opposed to an HTTP one, it now means that google likes me again and that people can find me high up on their google results pages. :)
Not to be outdone, I was delighted to see one of Ireland's top portrait photographers who's studio was closed during the lock down, make a very brave decision to open his first international exhibition on May the 29th in none other than Hong Kong. Mark Nixon took this brave move as Hong Kong was not under lock down and he had his famous "Much Loved" teddy bear exhibition ready to go. He had previously held this exhibition in his studio in Clontarf and then followed up with a best selling book. Check out the link to his exhibition here and click here for more of an explanation of the teddy bear concept.
My other story is from Peter Cox who has a magnificent gallery in Killarney selling land and seascape images predominately to American tourists who normally visit the area in thousands every summer. Faced with zero American customers this year, Peter used his free time to develop a new book "The Skelligs" and set about to raise funds using the Kickstarter web platform. Initially seeking to raise €19,000 he went on to ultimately raise €41,667 in funds with the kind support of 561 investors. Check out this link for his Kickstarter campaign here and his website at this link.