Delivered to You

As with most things in life, finishing up my Catoctin ebook took a little longer than expected. But now, I am happy to say that it is available through the Amazon Kindle store! I’m always amazed at how these books turn out. It has been such a helpful project for me to process my experiences over the years. Oh, and if you have Kindle unlimited, it’s yours for free, so check it out!

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And for those of you who have been following me for a while and are on my email list, I’ll be sending you a free copy of this ebook soon. How do you get on this list, you may ask? Just head to benpanter.com and subscribe to the monthly newsletter by putting in your email. It’s as simple as that.

So that took longer than planned, but the good news is that in the process, I was able to get my print store up and running. I have prints of my final 12 images from Catoctin available to purchase at several sizes, from 8×12 to 24×36 inches.

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Getting this store set up was an adventure in frustration all on its own. I had only recently started using Crated.com as my print store after my last residency. I go to log in to upload my Catoctin images and find out they have since shut down with very little warning! So I searched and searched and searched some more for another high quality print fulfillment service and online store…. and after many hours of finding dead ends I arrived at my current solution. I won’t say there aren’t quirks to it, but I think it will serve me well for the foreseeable future.

I’ve also been able to move over my Acadia Residency images to this new platform, so they are available for purchase as well. And soon, hopefully I will have Rocky Mountain, Toronto and Ireland images available as well. That is my fall goal. In the mean time, check out all the prints that are available. I’m really proud of them.

And of course, if you’re interested in seeing my work but don’t want to buy a print right now, just head over to my website and see my most recent work from Catoctin. Hopefully it will be enough to inspire a trip of your own to that park.

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Another Adventure Begun

The countdown is now officially less than 1 week and our excitement is about to pop. My 5 year old is most excited, just barely edging me out due to the fact that he does not still have to administer and grade final exams. Still, while these next few days will be especially hectic for me as I close out a semester and prepare for this residency, I feel as though I am preparing for 2 weeks of peace in the woods.

Most of my residencies thus far have felt very busy leading up to them, and even to a degree during them. I think it is such an honor to be selected for these opportunities that I feel a lot of responsibility to pack every moment full. Now, I’m not saying I don’t feel that responsibility now, but I think the smaller scale of Catoctin Mountain Park is going to allow for an easier pace. It is only about 8 square miles of land total, criss crossed with lots of short hiking trails. I think I’m also getting better at pacing myself during these residencies, realizing that it is not a race to see it all, but rather an opportunity for thoughtful work to be made through careful observation. And that is the situation that I make my best art in anyway.

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In some other exciting news, I’ve recently published all my residency ebooks to the Amazon Kindle store. So if you’ve got a Fire tablet or the Kindle app on any of your devices, you can purchase a copy. And if you are a part of the Kindle unlimited plan, you can download these for FREE!¬†And of course I plan to create a new book to coincide with this Catoctin residency, so I’m sure that will be added to this list sometime this summer.

Finally, I’ve also been making progress on my prints store through Crated.com. I’ve got about 3/4 of my Acadia images available for purchase and I’m hopeful that I can finish those images up before I leave for Catoctin. And my plan is to go back through all my old residency images and slowly begin making them available for sale as well. So, if you’re interested, check out my crated page and see what work I have available.

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I’m not sure how often I will be posting during the residency, but I promise to do as much as possible (no wifi in the cabin). I also plan to be posting to Instagram regularly, so if you don’t already follow me @bpanter, there’s no time like the present.

Mini-Narratives in Acadia

I’ve finally completed a fairly significant item on my to do list: an ebook highlighting my photos and my experience of being artist in residence for Acadia National Park. I’ve created a photo ebook for every residency I’ve been a part of; a practice I plan on continuing.

This time I tried to approach my composition of the book from a slightly different perspective. Rather than orchestrate the book around the linear narrative of my time in the park, I instead chose my top 10 locations and wrote some quick stories to accompany my photos. Since the Schoodic Peninsula is a lesser known portion of Acadia, I kind of see it as an unofficial guide to the must see portions of that area of the park.

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A view of my Lightroom window as I was building the ebook.

I’m also working on getting this ebook in the Kindle bookstore on Amazon, along with the ebooks from my last 3 residencies. I haven’t decided on the price I’ll be offering them for just yet, but the good news is, you don’t need to worry about it. If you’re on my mailing list, I plan on sending out a free copy to your inbox very shortly. If you aren’t on my mailing list yet to receive a monthly newsletter from me, head over to my website, benpanter.com, scroll down to the bottom and enter in your email. Then I’ll be happy to include you in this giveaway.

And as a side note, I did make this same ebook as a print book as well, though I haven’t decided yet if I’ll make that available to buy, or just order a copy for my own records. If you haven’t ever made a book through Blurb.com, I’d highly recommend it. The process is simple and rewarding.

I’m also working on getting my favorite images ready to print. It is not easy to narrow down thousands of photos, down to hundreds of potentials to be edited, down to a hundred for a book, down to just a handful to make available as prints. Below are just a few of my favorites. Ultimately I’d like to keep it to just about 15 of the true, stand out images.

I’ve always slacked when it comes to getting images ready to print and sell on my site. I’m always one to try a diy solution rather than something off the shelf, but I’m learning that in some areas, it’s just not worth it. So, I’m looking into more automated print selling solutions. One that I recently started checking out is Crated.com. I really like that they focus on just selling prints, rather than lots of other random tchotchkes¬†like they do at redbubble and society6. Crated prices seem really reasonable, and of course they claim great print quality. Have you every ordered a print from them. I’d be very curious to hear your experience.