Affordable Prints, an experiment

A perennial problem in the arts is that pricing paintings, sculptures, photographs or other original work at a realistic level for the artist’s survival keeps most of the potential audience from buying the work. I certainly couldn’t afford to buy one of my own platinum prints! So I’ve watched with interest as a number of internet venues experiment with promotional offerings of prints at prices wildly below gallery standards. Probably the best known is the 20x200 site which offers one or more pictures each week in a pretty elaborate editioning scheme starting with small prints that are priced literally at the “lab fee” level of twenty bucks. There are some things I don’t like about the 20x200 paradigm but the basic idea of making “real pictures” available at really low prices is fascinating. If that lets a larger number of people than otherwise buy a few of my pictures, it sounds like a good idea.

Another point is that I really like small prints, but dealers only seem interested in large ones, at least for digital work. Not that I don’t like large prints too, at least some of the time for some pictures. But I think the photo world has fallen into a bigger-is-better trap. Small prints that are comfortable to hold in your hand can have a special intimacy that I appreciate. So if you too like small prints and have enjoyed pictures you’ve seen on this blog, now you can move from a virtual image on the computer screen to a small but very real ink-on-paper print.

Here’s the idea. The color digital-capture pictures that make up the core of this blog are now available as "WP 30s"—small prints around 8-inches long dimension, on letter-size paper, for $30 each. They are pigment ink prints on Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art paper, shipped via USPS in ‘sta-flat’ mailers.


Just use this link to send me an email with the date of appearance on the Working Pictures Blog for the picture you want, plus additional I.D. if there was more than one that day. Include your mailing address. After I send you a response to confirm that the picture is available*, send me $30 via PayPal and I’ll ship out the print. For shipping outside theUnited States, please add $3.00 to offset additional postage cost.

*There are bound to be a few pictures that made it to the blog that will turn out not to meet my standards for printing, but it should only be a few. The confirmation note will also be a double-check on your address.

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