I apologise. B-I-G time. I am so, so late with the monthly giveaway no.9!! I was tempted to include no.10 together in this post as it’s already decided and ready to go, but on reflection, the next one needs to be on it’s own. And these two have a task at hand, to finish the empty frames for this set.
Given my tardiness, and in order to play catch-up, I’m only going to leave this one open for comments for one week. By the end of November, the next one will be up…kinda like early Christmas presents landing ahead of the 25th December! 🙂
When I first started the monthly image, I was asked by a truly lovely and talented photographer if I wasn’t concerned about losing the rights on images by giving some away. The thought did cross my mind as occassionally some of my work, and often that of many other photographers and artists makes its way through cyber space, linking and crediting others, never a mention of the person who took the image, or created the art, or designed the poster etc.
Putting anything on line these days that someone can mimic, copy, use without asking, is a risk. Yet it shouldn’t be. The pleasure of sharing should come without concerns that there will be misappropriation of work, no matter what area or field it is in. We need to share the message, those of us who put things online, along with those of us who appreciate the beautiful things we see, to put out an energy, and set examples, that encourage correct behaviour. The same morals that stop people from walking into a shop, leaving with merchandise and not paying, need to apply to what we see online. In building relationships of trust, respect, and generosity, perhaps those who currently don’t want to understand that creatives need to pay bills too, will come to understand to ask, and will give value to a persons work and time. Perhaps I’m naive? But I have to hope that goodness feeds goodness.
And, at the end of the day, I have so, so, so many images. Tens of thousands of Gigabytes worth that go back to 2001. Some of them I have destined for other things brewing deep in my mind and they may, or may never, see the light of day. Many others will be destined for the trash can on my desktop as not every shot is worth keeping.
For me, the images I post are part of an ongoing adventure to explore a new technique, try harder to please my own eye, fill my heart with happiness by finding that one shot in eight hours that will leave me breathless. And thus, I share because they give me that happiness, because they are part of a journey with a couple of camera straps strung over my shoulders. They are an evolving discovery of a place I’m truly immersed in, and through thick and thin, I proudly call home.
I also understand that not everyone has the extra dollars to fill a wall with prints, or a chance to come to Paris and take images for themselves. The monthly images are my way of sending Paris to others. Everyone, each one of you who shares, comments and supports my posts, keep me encouraged. The images are my way of giving something back. A goodness feeding goodness.
As was the case with the previous monthly photos, they’re yours to print, frame, give to a loved one. They are for personal use. Commercial use, profit, and resale is not part of the giveaway. That’s it. No other strings attached. 🙂
Now that you’ve made it through my lengthy ramble, feel free to leave comments so that I have your email address to send through the JPEG file next week, and in the meantime, here are some other places to visit around the web:
* Alisa Morov, creator of the oh-so amazing Choco Diablo cookies (if you ever want to bribe me -> Choco Diablos are the ticket) launched her updated Sweet Pea Paris website. Author of three books with Marabout, she knows her meringues!
* In South Australia lives Wendy Philips, a former school teacher and now a passionate photographer. One of Wendy’s current projects is a children’s book, illustrated with her own images. I can’t wait to see her dream come true and be able to order a copy of the book.