Calvendo self-publishers in conversation: Leigh Bagley

Leigh Bagley’s calendars are different to the the mostly photography-based work that the majority of Calvendo authors create: He works with colorful abstract graphic print designs that are timeless, classic and cool – at least, that’s what we think. Time to have a chat with him to learn more about his background as an artist and designer, his inspiration and the importance of colour for his work.


Leigh, you studied textile design at the Royal College of Art in London and are now lecturing at the Glasgow School of Art as well as running your own company, producing abstract graphic prints. Can you tell us as a bit about your career and how you came to do what you’re doing?

Born and raised just outside Birmingham, I developed an eye for colour and interest in design from an early age. My design career began shortly after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 2000 when I worked as a freelance knitted textile designer selling to Calvin Klein, Levi, Nicole Fahri, Eddie Bauer, Milk, Woolmark, to name just a few, for the next ten years.

Following my textile design career working in both fashion and interiors, in 2012, I decided to launch my print company because I was eager to develop my interests in rich abstract graphic print design and I produced my first collection of limited edition prints. Luckily, my work was instantly coveted by leading architecture and interior design companies which helped promote my design work. As my name got around, my editioned prints became sought after by private clients, so I started to expand and investigate the potential of my design work on other products.

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A question of perspective

Door number 10 opens up to reveal a simply stunning view: Salisbury Cathedral is a marvel of medieval engineering and local photographer Mark Cooper shows us how this landmark building dominates the town‘s skyline. Browse through his Views of Salisbury Cathedral calendar and choose your favourite perspective!

“If Calvendo enables me introduce even more people to my photography, that’s a positive”

Marcus Klepper, a German photographer, loves taking pictures of Berlin and has already won an award for his photographic depictions of the German capital. Calvendo met up with him to find out more about his work and why he’s using the platform.

Aufnahmen von Berlin, die unsere Hauptstadt in seiner ganzen Farbenpracht präsentieren.

Berlin at its best.

Marcus, you’re a photographer who uses Calvendo to publish calendars. Tell us a bit about you and photography.

Well, I was a bit of a late starter with regards to photography and bought my first DSLR camera at the age of 29 in 2005. Before that, I was only a “snapper”. I think what happened at that point was that I saw images that I couldn’t realise with the camera I had used so far but still wanted to try to make those images real. I therefore experimented a lot with different techniques after buying my first DSLR camera. I’m now on my fourth camera gear and have finally found something that fulfils my needs.

What’s your favourite genre and why?

I most enjoy landscape and architecture photography because even if your objects might be static and don’t alter their position, the change in light and season makes for numerous different facets.

How did you learn about Calvendo?

I’ve got a photography page on Facebook and fans frequently asked me if I didn’t want to publish calendars. However, the cost involved and prefinancing needed prevented me from doing so. Then, a friend and fellow photographer told me about Calvendo since he’d been using the platform for some time. I’ve now published a number of Berlin calendars with Calvendo.

What are your aims when publishing calendars?

It’s mainly about being able to offer a calendar to people who were interested and asked for it. If Calvendo introduces even more people to my calendars and they like them, that’s a positive side effect.

How do you market your calendars? And how does Calvendo support you?

I promote my calendars on my Facebook page or via word of mouth and friends spreading the word. At the same time, I don’t want to overdo it with marketing on my page since photography for me is mainly a passion. If I can also earn something with it, that’s great and just a bonus. I noticed that if there’s too much promotion, my fans don’t like that.

In general, I’m very happy with the support I get from Calvendo. With the platform, it onlye takes a few mouse clicks and a week later or so people can already order my calendar on different retail platforms.

Photography is actually more then only a small hobby for you. You also take part in competitions, right?

The competitions I take part in are either run by photography magazines or well known internet communities. There are a lot of competitions out there that only want get hold of loads of images cheaply. Everyone submitting their image cedes publication rights to the respective portal, no matter if you’re among the winners or not. What happens is that a camera worth a few hundred is put up as a prize and the competition organisers are then being sent thousands of images that can be used without asking for further permission or paying for them.

With regards to communities you mentioned: Are you also meeting up in person with those photographers?

Yes, absolutely. I often meet up with fellow photographers and some of them have become friends.

And what do photographers talk about when they’re sitting together?

Very often you meet up with photographers that have similar interests. But then again, also with some who have a completely different focus. So, for example, I might want to know about people photography and the photographer who specialises in this field will then get information from me about my areas of expertise. Another thing is testing equipment if you’re looking to buy something new. Or asking about experiences with specific hardware.

What are you plans for this year?

Getting up my own homepage. And exploring some European capitals such as London, Paris or Rome. Let’s see what happens. I’m happy to let myself be surprised.

Thanks for talking to us, Marcus! We certainly wish you lots of positive surprises and, most of all, great photography motives galore!