Carlsbad Business: Artist hopes to bu...

Carlsbad Business: Artist hopes to build commercial clients

There are 11 comments on the Carlsbad Current-Argus story from Dec 17, 2013, titled Carlsbad Business: Artist hopes to build commercial clients. In it, Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that:

For several years, Ryan Stevens, creator of Ryan M. Stevens Fine Art and Photography, has been documenting his photography around the city.

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Sara

Canjilon, NM

#1 Dec 17, 2013
Interesting article, Ryan! Good luck!
REALLY

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 17, 2013
Really? He is selling pictures he took with a BLACKBERRY for over $500. Not to mention the picture of a newspaper in a mesquite bush... that one will cost you $250. Anyone who knows how to operate a camera can take pictures like these with a little bit of help and reading up on composition. His art is AMAZING. His photography sucks and is not worth the money he is asking for it.
Local

Canjilon, NM

#3 Dec 17, 2013
Ryan is a talented young local man who is a very talented. It doesn't matter how he took the photos or with what, it's the fact that he produced such beautiful results! That's talent! Sounds like you're just jealous of this man's achievements!
REALLY

Columbus, OH

#4 Dec 17, 2013
lol. I am not jealous in any way, I just don't agree with his absurd prices for mediocre photographs. No new, beginning photographer trying to sell his images, that again, are mediocre at best, is going to succeed with the way he is approaching this. He needs much more practice and experience before deciding to charge those kind of prices for, again, mediocre work at best. That being said, I am very proud of what he is trying to do, and I wish him the best. He's very talented, I agree, but some of his work needs improvement, which only comes with more practice and more experience. I am inspired by what he is trying to do, and kudos to him for following his dream.
just sayin

Canjilon, NM

#5 Dec 18, 2013
REALLY wrote:
lol. I am not jealous in any way, I just don't agree with his absurd prices for mediocre photographs. No new, beginning photographer trying to sell his images, that again, are mediocre at best, is going to succeed with the way he is approaching this. He needs much more practice and experience before deciding to charge those kind of prices for, again, mediocre work at best. That being said, I am very proud of what he is trying to do, and I wish him the best. He's very talented, I agree, but some of his work needs improvement, which only comes with more practice and more experience. I am inspired by what he is trying to do, and kudos to him for following his dream.
A person can charge whatever they choose for THEIR artwork, and to many his work is more than "mediocre" as you say! Sounds like your jealous to say the least! I'm quite sure he will go far in his dream and make it a reality!
REALLY

Artesia, NM

#6 Dec 18, 2013
just sayin wrote:
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A person can charge whatever they choose for THEIR artwork, and to many his work is more than "mediocre" as you say! Sounds like your jealous to say the least! I'm quite sure he will go far in his dream and make it a reality!
Never said he wouldn't. Reread my post. I clearly stated I wasn't jealous, I'm just voicing my opinion. Btw, it's not hard to just life the picture and make a print of your own (;

Anyways, his work is quite mediocre. In Carlsbad, it's "excellent." Anywhere else in this country, his work would be laughed at and ridiculed. He doesn't have the experience nor the talent to make it very far right now. Like I said, with practice and more experience, he'll go far. but right now, he's just making a fool of himself with his photography. His art (his drawings and paintings) deserve recognition, his photography does not.
REALLY

Artesia, NM

#7 Dec 18, 2013
lift* not life.
Ryan

Carlsbad, NM

#8 Dec 18, 2013
To: REALLY
My work is for those whom it is for and for those who can eventually hold it in value and I do understand that not everyone will see it, but I do hope to one day win over the favor of people such as yourself. The blackberry cell phone is one of the most used in our times. What I'm trying to do is push the boundaries with this extremely common gadget and show that it doesn't matter how expensive your camera is but what the beholder's eye is worth. And indeed, you can save the low resolution 3in x _ web versions and print them off but you can't get the 25in x _ hand signed originals. The main reason for the high price is that I will not be producing prints and will only make one print, hand sign it and that's it. Only one.
Also, if you can expose my errors and show me just how bad my work is in your eyes, please do so that I can learn and grow even farther.

To: Sara, Local, just sayin
Thank you!
Ryan

Carlsbad, NM

#9 Dec 18, 2013
REALLY

Artesia, NM

#10 Dec 19, 2013
Ryan wrote:
To: REALLY
My work is for those whom it is for and for those who can eventually hold it in value and I do understand that not everyone will see it, but I do hope to one day win over the favor of people such as yourself. The blackberry cell phone is one of the most used in our times. What I'm trying to do is push the boundaries with this extremely common gadget and show that it doesn't matter how expensive your camera is but what the beholder's eye is worth. And indeed, you can save the low resolution 3in x _ web versions and print them off but you can't get the 25in x _ hand signed originals. The main reason for the high price is that I will not be producing prints and will only make one print, hand sign it and that's it. Only one.
Also, if you can expose my errors and show me just how bad my work is in your eyes, please do so that I can learn and grow even farther.
To: Sara, Local, just sayin
Thank you!
Printing "just one" and signing it in no way justifies your prices. You're an amateur, a novice, a beginner. Your work is not good enough yet (and I'm speaking of your photography, not your art. Your art is quite amazing.) to justify what you want for them. You may have spent 3 years taking these photos, but most people spend a lifetime before they truly gain recognition and their work actually is of value. But that's not my point. My point is that yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and yes, some of your photos are good, but not great. You need to WORK more and PRACTICE more before you should even remotely consider selling work for those prices. You're an amateur, remember that and work harder. Oh, and stop posting your link everywhere. That's just desperate.
American

Canjilon, NM

#11 Dec 19, 2013
Ryan, your work is magnificent and you have a great deal of talent! Don't let this person discourage you in any way. Your work is well worth the prices you ask and that's up to you to decide. Putting a lower value on your work sends out a bad signal. Keep up the good work and post your link as many places as you can...good for exposure! Best of luck to you!

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