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On Google+ from January 2014

Happy new photo and art year 2014!
I’ve found that Facebook is becoming too expensive, attempting to squeeze money out of you.
Say that some months ago you posted a link and it would be seen “organizally” by 400- 500 people on their feeds (if there was a photo, perhaps more). Over the last few months, this organic reach on Facebook has gone down to about half of that, or less.
I suppose Zuckerberg and Co.’s idea is that we shall pay for the difference – “promote” our post by paying 5, 10 or more dollars. That add up over the years…
In addition, I must say that Facebook’s compression of photos leaves a lot to be desired. Many have seen it when they upload their timeline photo and it is blurred and losing its crisp quality.
Here is one of my first experimental photos of 2014
Western Geisha 2011 © Jan Oberg 2013

Western Geisha 2011 © Jan Oberg 2013

I could add that it is difficult also to make any sales from a Facebook photo page, no matter how many links you make back to your homepage with interesting materials. But that is not the essential argument; for me it is the diminishing organic reach and the low image quality on Facebook that has bothered me for some time.

So, in 2013 I opened up on Pinterest and this year I have begun to learn and use Google+. I’ve got a page in English with a lot of international stuff and my own international production and a a page in Nordic languages that touches also upon the cultural life of Lund where I live – or the lack of it.
One of several articles on the Internet that persuaded me was this multi-dimensional argument by Colby Brown, a brilliant professional photographer.
I like the idea of better compression, photos appear amazingly crisp on Google+. I also like the idea of differentiated circles of people you relate to and how one can relate to each other and share interests without imposing oneself.
The layout of a Goggle+ page is much more elegant and pleasantly minimalistic than Facebook’s anything but elegant design. And, not the least, Google+ is open in a way, Facebook is not. Public materials reach Google’s search engine and has a potentially wide reach outside the Goggle+ community – which is not the case with what you post on Facebook (except that you are there yourself, but not your photo page).
Overall, it seems to me also that Google+ is more interest-based and “serious” – which Facebook can also be but certainly isn’t overall. The response of Likes etc is pretty superficial.
Whatever argument one can bring up, one must be open to the possibilities of the social media – to strengthen both the common interests in the profession but, of course, also to reach potential clients out there.
It’s been quite some time back I found out that one cannot base a photo activity – or even having the costs covered – by friends, family and a few interested people in the local community.  They can be great as your art critics and as a springboard for a much wider marketing efforts in our globalized world.
So let’s meet at Google+ Oberg PhotoGraphics – and build some circles together!

On Pinterest

Here is my new Pinterest profile. I’ve posted some ‘boards’ with my own photographs, since I want to reach out to potential customers there – 80% of whom are women by the way. In the very near future, I’ll begin to “pin” images, text and videos that I like – all around the issue of art in general and photography, of course, in particular.
Perhaps you on Pinterest already? Perhaps you’d like to be there when you see its richness and potentials? If so, let’s pin…!



What’s happening and three things I know…

Dear art photo friend

Long time, no hear from me! However, let me tell you what’s going on and how I develop my photography.

Iran – more photos, no bombs
Returning from Iran with 3,000 shots, there was quite some work to do on a small selection.
See the first few here. I sense it will be a long-term project – also to do public education to prevent that some ignorant politicians start destroying this fabulous culture and people – more than they already have with their threats and their economic sanctions. I hope to return to Iran rather soon.


Two Women, A Child And A Man in Isfahan, Iran 2012 © Jan Oberg

Homepage for Viggo Rivad
I have developed a homepage for my 90-year old mentor, Viggo Rivad, as a small token of my gratitude. In addition to being the Grand Old Man of Danish photography, Rivad ought to be recognized internationally for his remarkable devotion to the art of photography since he took his first picture in 1946. I’m happy I could be the one who provides him with the first decent presence on the Internet and thereby a window of opportunity worldwide. Check it out here – and do write a greeting to him. It will warm his heart and mine! Here’s a post with a little more of my gratitude to Viggo

Thank you, Anders
My old printer died a natural death and I had to search for a new second-hand, better printer. Took three months to find it. My dear friend Anders Jönsson served once again as my adviser and fine-tuned the connections between computer, screen colours and printer and even done hand-made colour profiles. Wow! Thanks a lot, Anders! Continue reading