Thursday, March 16, 2006

Photographic Action Project

As a quick exposition to what I'm about to propose, I'm going to say that I'm in a band that plays industrial, and has generally had a sort of political slant to things, though it hasn't always been evident. My bassist had a Social Action Project assigned in school -- he had to do something that would positively benefit the community. The end result was that there's a benefit show being organized for May 26th, with proceeds going to Food Not Bombs, a local organization who meet regularly to cook hot, vegan meals and serve them to those who need them. They've also petitioned for low-income housing in the city (particularly when the city had planned to demolish a large number of low-income homes, replacing them with much more expensive properties.) They've done a lot of good work for the less fortunate folk in this town, and though I may have personal issues with one or two of their members, and perhaps minor ideological differences with some of the things they do, I'd have to be some kind of cold-hearted conservative capitalist to deny that they HAVE had a positive impact on our city.
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.