Photographic Action Project
So, on May 26th, my band, Satellite Trend Signal, will be playing at the Food Not Bombs benefit show. ($7 at the door, $6 with a food donation, but I'll post more specific details when it gets closer.) However, since we don't really have any merchandise, and since I'd feel dirty selling it at a benefit show anyways, I'm going to do something else with our table.
I've been, on and off, dipping into places like Victoria Park, and other low-income inner-city neighbourhoods, to take photos. The plan is that I'll take plenty of these, have prints made (mostly 4x6s, but as many 8x10s as I can afford as well) and sell these at our table instead, with proceeds (everything, not just profits) going to Food Not Bombs. Now, I can probably handle filling a table with prints by myself if it comes down to it, but since a lot of you are photographers yourselves, here it goes:
I'm placing an open request for images of any sort, subject unimportant, format unimportant, from any of you who wish to participate. Send me a digital file, or a 4x6 (since sending negatives is scary and I wouldn't ask anyone to do that) or something, and I'll have them printed (or reprinted) for sale at this table, with photographer credits (probably a nice "Courtesy of" message on the back of the print) visible. Naturally, I'm not keeping any of the money this sale makes, and if your prints don't sell, I'll return them to you if you like. I'm willing to foot the entire bill for this myself, so don't stand back just because you can't afford to have things printed or anything. This offer is open to anyone, anywhere, regardless of where you live, be it in Calgary or no. Anyone who wants to help out is more than welcome. Any pictures taken with this common theme in mind are more than welcome, but I'm going to say again, subject is not important, I will take anything you wish to contribute, and I will not reproduce it for any purposes other than this. I'm not out to steal anyone's work.
Also, anyone who wishes to be physically present to sell prints is definitely welcome to help out. (I can't guarantee you free cover for the show, if that's what you're after, though, since I'm not putting it on.)
Generally, I think it'll be a good time, and a good way to raise awareness for the general lack of support for low-income families and individuals in this city, and support them at the same time.
kvanderlaag (at) gmail (dot) com if anyone's interested, or note me here.