How to give a photographer a brain aneurysm

Walk into their art booth and say at least one of the following:

  • “Are these pitchers?!” or my personal favorite, “Are these real pitchers?”
  • “Did you take all these?”
  • “Did you fake this?”
  • “Did you really go to these places?”
  • “Where do you display your work?” (..said while standing inside my booth.)
  • “Are all these for sale?”
  • “Do you have these on your website?” (..I hadn’t thought of that)
  • “Do you have any pieces by <somebody else>?”
  • “Is this digital?” and then the inevitable, “Is this photoshopped?”, and then the inevitable, “Is this HDR?”
  • “How long did it take you to set up this <found object sitting out in a field>?”
  • “What camera do you use?” instantly followed up by, “ewwww! you use a [Canon / Nikon]! I use a [Nikon / Canon]! They’re sooo much better!”
  • (Right after buying a print) — “This will look great once I turn it into a painting!”

Or just stroll into the booth, calmly pull out a camera and start taking photos of the images hanging on the wall. Seeing people do this just makes me want to carry a squirt gun filled with piping hot goat urine.

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  1. todd murray May 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    This is high comedy! “Did you fake this?” So great. Looking forward to seeing the booth at Mayfest.

  2. deborah hernandez June 3, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    art shows should honestly pass out info on art show etiquette..
    #1 please don’t ask me to lower my prices
    #2 don’t say,”I could do this”
    I get the “you did this”
    and with all my sweetness…but forcing back my hidden insanity..I reply calmly….