Photographer Doug Hockman lives in Middletown, Connecticut, which is midway between Boston and New York. He is a regular participant in the art market circuit in the Northeast and has been a Zatista artist since 2010. To the casual observer, his work is highly influenced by the beauty of the natural surroundings of the Northeast.
I had the opportunity to ask him about his process and his view of the art market:
How long have you been a photographer, and what got you started?
Photography has been a hobby for years. I have been selling my work for the past 4-5 years, but this past season was my first selling full time.
What is your favorite piece of equipment?
I love my Canon 7D, but I feel you can make great photos with any equipment.
What are your ideal working conditions?
Taking photos on stormy days is my biggest inspiration. I love weather and am more likely to be out with the camera in the rain and snow than on any other day.
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started with photography?
Regarding shows and art fairs, be ready to go everywhere and be willing to sit through slow market days with no sales. That way you will learn what works best.
Are you interested in working in other mediums?
My main interest is photography but learning new camera techniques and capturing things in unique ways appeal to me as well.
Where do you see your work going?
I am looking to expand to shows in more parts of the country, as well as expanding to new gallery work.
2011 was a great year for me. I met many people at shows that have made it possible to move forward with new ventures. I am looking forward to an even better 2012.
Do you have any advice about buying and collecting photography?
I buy whatever appeals to me. Personally, I’m interested in modern and abstract pieces. But everyone has different likes and tastes. I like buying pieces from fellow photographers, and I enjoy seeking out photography of all kinds at shows and online. The choices are limitless so you’ve just got to buy what you like.
Brian Sylvester is a guest blogger on WallSpin, and an artist on Zatista.
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