I have, recently been reading a book called “The Gift”, by Lewis Hyde. It’s an old publication (one bought for 1p from Amazon, but the postage was £2!)… It’s about gift giving, and the arts. Hyde promotes the art of ‘gift giving’, and the responses that can come from that gift.
I’ve also been reading, co-incidentally, another book called “Single Exposures”, and the author of this book refers to the first, and promotes the idea of giving away a number of prints, to both friends, and strangers alike, and to see what happens.
Now, I appreciate that this seems to fly in the face of the commercial world, but as I’m no longer officially working, and retirement has set in rather comfortably, I’m thinking that I will give this a shot – and see what happens.
So, for the next three months, I’m going to give away 5 prints to the first five people that ask for them. I’ll get them printed up for you, and posted out if necessary.
All you have to do, is have a look round my website www.dseddonphoto.co.uk, and pick your image. If I don’t know you personally, you will have to send me your address, but you can use the contact page on the website to send it to me, and note the image you have picked. Each image has a number which appears in the top right hand corner as you scroll over. Just tell me the gallery name, and the image you want.
The print will be no larger than A4 – and sometimes smaller, depending on the individual picture. The watermark will not be shown.
I’ll turn it around as soon as possible, and it will wing its way to you.
There is nothing else you need to do, and there is no requirement for you to reciprocate if you don’t want to.
I would encourage other photographers to maybe join in, and lets try to set in motion a flurry of ‘real’ prints to spread around.
I don’t think we hang enough of our own work on the walls, but there seems to be a tendency to hang other people’s……
I look forward to hearing from you, and I’ll report back later as to how it’s going…… Fingers crossed.
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