This week’s process post is about transmedia integration for my online self. There are many ways of incorporating that onto my public self. The image we choose to portray on various channels shapes our identity in the public sphere. That sticks on how people view us or intends to view us depending on our portrayal, controlling the narrative so that the public doesn’t get to control.
My website reflects on what is already on my social media platforms such as instagram and tiktok. I started my professional photography account on instagram long before I built my website. I created my online persona as a street and portrait photographer in Vancouver, and have been using that identity for some time now.
The next step into integrating more of my public self is through the traditional media structures like Print. Three of my portrait works with models have already been published in different publishing magazines. That goal has been achieved to exhibit my photos in a magazine, and hope to get my name out there in the industry.
The next steps are Prints for sale and Photobook. Prints for sale is a tough area to dive into as most things are all digital now. However, people still do admire photo prints for display at their homes and galleries as well. It exists but a very niche segment of people. While it may prove to be difficult to generate sales and attract customers, the little that does would have my photography up on their wall.
Photobook is another integration with my online self that could be a possibility once I have amassed enough high quality photos with stories behind them. The photobook would have sections of my street photography and portrait photography works. Integrate two of them together to make an print aesthetic portfolio. I usually go on photo walks on either different seasons (Fall, Spring Cherry Blossom, Winter Snow) or random city scaping around the streets to capture the life of the place. Photobooks have a way of encapsulating the audience into stories through a series of images. I do a series of shots, with either people as a muse, or seasons. Once I have a good layout and print ready as a sample, I would market it on my website and social media channels. If it receives a good amount of feedback and potential interests into buying them, then move onto printing them on for sale. This would enable an opportunity to build a partnership business with print shops if enough sales are made through.
Taking PUB101 and PUB131 has been eye opening in terms of creative publishing. I am seeing parts of my plans coming into action and taking life. The website is one of them, I had planned on developing my site for a long time but never initiated it. This class has opened up to do that at the same time pursue and ideate on different channels.