Waiting in Grand Central, 2003.
Here is what I am currently thinking about for a print offer. I do have some questions though, so if you have the time, I would really appreciate it if you let me know what you think in the comments.
I want to offer a large discount for a week. My goal, which I'm not fully sure is possible right now, is to get the price down to 40% off, which is a hefty amount off (don't hold me to this number). I figure that if I choose three prints to offer at a single size, then I can bring down the price on those prints significantly and still make it worthwhile.
This would allow anyone who has wanted to purchase one of my prints but hasn't been able to afford it, to get one at an extremely affordable price and it would allow me to raise a little bit of cash at the same time. It would be a win-win.
This would bring the price to somewhere in the $90ish range for a 12"x18" archival fiber print (which is quite large).
I plan to offer free U.S. shipping as well (If I'm able to do international shipping then I will have to charge for that). Between the printing costs, the tubes and the shipping, it makes 40% tough to do, but it's right on the line. If people purchase more than one print on the other hand, it makes the offer better for me because I can ship those prints together and offset those costs.
But it's worth testing out. I think I'm going to try this in a couple of weeks and see how it works out.
My questions to you are:
1. Would this offer motivate you to purchase a print?
2. Would you purchase more than one of the three prints offered?
3. Which prints would you like to see offered *Most important*
I do plan on offering Waiting in Grand Central above, but I'm not sure of the other two yet. I could really use all the thoughts and advice I can get.
On this Martin Luther King day I decided to go back into the vault to find these photographs that were taken about 5 years ago. I think that the groups I got to photograph this day epitomize exactly the type of organizations that Dr. King would have loved and embraced in his struggle for civil rights.
These were taken during a street fair for the Dance Theatre of Harlem on 152nd Street. The cowboy photos are of the Federation of Black Cowboys, a non-profit group located in Queens that focuses on education for the youth in New York. They also strive to "inspire the kids with the stories of African American heroes." It is a wonderful and ecelctic group of people that were all very fun and friendly. To read more please click this link: http://www.federationofblackcowboysnyc.com/
It was certainly a site to see a group of 15 cowboys riding around Harlem.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution and integral part of the Harlem community. It was started in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and was "envisioned as an institution that would transform lives by providing access to quality arts and edutional programming," and helping "young people develop to their fullest potential as artists and as human beings by instilling discipline, self-confidence, a sense of creativity and self-esteem - all building blocks for success in life."
It was clear from meeting many of these students and seeing them dance that the program had done exactly that. The students stood confidently, with wide, kind smiles on their faces and without any hints of cynicism. And the dancing was beautiful, strong and graceful.
It was also clear by the size of the turnout that the school is very dear to the Harlem community. http://www.dancetheatreofharlem.com/
But unfortunately, a common theme of conversation for the day was the gentrification of the neighborhood. People were constantly talking about the rising rents, and some of having to move away. It was wonderful seeing the community come together in support of one of their main cultural institutions, but it was also scary to hear them talking about being pushed out of the neighborhood.
Some people talk about gentrification as a good thing because it cleans up neighborhoods and reduces crime. But I think this idea is ridiculous, and is just the cheap way of achieving this affect, as it pushes those problems elsewhere. The best way to improve these neighborhoods is to create more institutions like the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Federation of Black Cowboys, to give less privileged children a place to go and a hobby to focus on, so that they can grow up and help to improve their neighborhoods themselves.
But unfortunately, this is much easier said than done.
Oh so THAT'S where the North Pole is!
For those of you that don't know, Santacon is a yearly event in New York where thousands of people dressed in Santa costumes go on a bar crawl around the city. The event got so large this year that the starting point was split into 5 different locations that eventually converged in Washington Square Park.
Besides seeing every inch of Washington Square Park filled with Santas, the the main highlight was watching a brutal Santa dodgeball game outside of the bars on Stone Street.
And thank you Sivan for hooking me up with a sweet Santa hat so that I could fit in with the crowd.
I went to the Yankees ticker tape parade this morning. Despite arriving there three hours early, I was lucky to find a spot close to the front barricades, across the street from the Trinity Church and next to City Hall.
This is a shot after the parade had ended and they allowed people to walk on Broadway. It gives you an idea of how many people showed up.
The best view in the house.
Jay-Z and A-Rod. Everyone was yelling about Jay-Z so much that after the float had passed most of the crowd had no idea that A-Rod was there also. If it had been Jay-Z and Jesus I think people would have forgotten about Jesus.
C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira.
Nick Swisher, with the most energy as always.
Jorge Posada and the family. And about a million "Hip Hip Jorge!" chants.
A.J. Burnett and Jose Molina. Burnett looks like Neo from the Matrix.
Mariano Rivera and the Panama flag. He said today that he would like to play for five more years.
Andy Pettite and his family/
Mike Bloomberg and the World Series Trophy. Joe Girardi was hidden somewhere on the other side.
Cotton-Eyed Joe, who then proceeded to throw his hat into the crowd and lose any chance of people recognizing him from that point on.
I was lucky enough to be stuffed in with a hilarious section of people. This kid failed his horn blowing attempts about 10 times (and was booed incessantly) before giving up and throwing it to another random guy who proceeded to use it as a funnel.
The most common chant of the day was "who are you!... who are you!"
"Sausage Bus! Sausage Bus!"
"Peter Jackson! Peter Jackson!" (the director from lord of the rings - not really him)
Congratulations to the Yankees. It was a great parade and would have only been better if I hadn't drank a hot chocolate before going and someone hadn't spilled yellow Gatorade all around us making us think it was piss.
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