Spring Sales

For a limited time, save 40% off prints of our stock images at our ZenFolio galleries.

Stock Images refers to our photographic images that are not customer assignments or fund-raising galleries. Our collection of Stock Images includes 6 galleries of rose images, another 6 galleries of other floral images, as well as galleries of ShoeFiti, City Scenes and Digital Paintings & Effects as shown here:
Photo Galleries

Important Terms

  • Use code SPRING1440 at checkout;
  • Discount is 40% off retail pricing;
  • US$40 minimum order (before discount, shipping or taxes) required;
  • Applicable to photographic prints only;
  • Applicable to “Stock Images” only;
  • Does not apply to client galleries, postage stamps, taxes or shipping charges;
  • Valid only on orders shipping to a US address;
  • Coupon code is valid through April 30, 2014.
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Fame and Reincarnation

Quote of the Day: “fame… It breaks your heart” Kristen Johnston writing at her blog.

I’ve spent some time over the years contemplating Fame and its poor cousin Celebrity (and written occasional posts as well). Why we mortals are so enthralled by it and why so many chase after it.

Although I’ve not dedicated my life to becoming rich (and succeeded rather well at not doing so) I can understand those who do. When I was making ‘good money’ for a few years I was able to enjoy it without guilt because I’d spent many years living paycheque to paycheque. Sure, money won’t buy happiness but it is nice not to have to shop to a short, precise, list at the Dollar Store. Although most of us will work hard and put up with discomfort (if not outright pain) for at least some person or cause it’s also true that most of us would like to be comfortable from time to time. As a side note- Dad always says that a very well-off person, when cornered as to their economic situation, will often say “Well, I’m comfortable“.

But the quest to be famous? Perhaps being a young gay man 40 years ago, I could only imagine notoriety or social stigma as the way I would ever be well-known by people unknown to me. Even as I dreamt of being great friends with any number of people of repute, I had no desire to become one myself. Yet the evidence is overwhelming that many people hunger for fame of some level. From an early age there are those that demand attention. We say some of them are ‘natural-born leaders’ or ‘destined for greatness’ or that they ‘will be famous (or infamous) before they die’. And now Andy Warhol’s prediction that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” (a riff, perhaps, on the works of the late Marshall McLuhan) is fast becoming true- although 15 minutes would seem to be an over-all average rather than a constant.

However, I see such fleeting attention as mere celebrity or notoriety rather than full-blown fame. That deep-seated need to be recognized by everyone, everywhere. To see your name and your image on magazines (well, now on monitors) so often that your Press Agent has to add staff to keep track. The sort of person exemplified by Glee’s Rachel Berry.

Kristen’s experiences with other famous people is anecdotal rather than a scientific study, and inevitably tinted by her own experience (she is open about her being ‘in recovery’ and her blog discusses addiction more than anything else). But clearly the type of person[ality] that will endure everything involved in reaching the pinnacle of fame (or the pinnacle of just about any profession or endeavour) is driven by an extreme need. Or as she writes “this THING that would mean your life was wonderful and you weren’t broken, this THING you’ve given your heart, dreams, soul, trust & love to since you were a kid…” Sure sounds pathological. Of course I am not a licensed or trained therapist, and I often think that most of us (at least, in these ‘modern’ Western societies) are pathological to some degree. I recall John Bradshaw saying that someone once asked him if he had really said that “90% of modern families are dysfunctional” to which he had replied that no, he had said that 100% are.

Here I must take time to point out that I have some friends/ acquaintances ‘in the biz’ who are relatively normal and seem well-adjusted. Perhaps they are not driven as strongly by the dark energy that Kristen describes; or maybe they are just great actors. All generalizations are false (as is that one).

Perhaps in the end it boils down to the human condition; we may learn plenty of facts but stubbornly refuse to avoid cliches. “I wish that just once people wouldn’t act like the clich├ęs that they are,” (Claire Fisher, Six Feet Under episode 1.03). Yet as I sit here wishing I had the money to engage in a real kick-@ss Midlife Crisis how can I question a new generation of fame-seeking wannabees? I’m in a pretty good mood today, or I would ask if it’s even possible for humankind to ever make progress on a spiritual or philosophical level if we are bound to repeat such patterns individually. Forget about becoming our parent[s] as we age; we seem destined to repeat much older patterns.

Perhaps belief in reincarnation arises not from a fear of death so much as a subconscious desire to have multiple lifetimes to really learn how to be a fully-realized human animal. A ‘do-over’ as it were. Certainly as I edge past the midpoint of my 50s I see that I have at least another 50 years of projects and dreams to realize.

Now that I’ve totally lost site of the opening line, and the subject of fame, I guess its time to stop. Or ramble on about how most people feel they are the reincarnation of Cleopatra or other major historical figure….

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Limited Edition Shirts

Limited Editions aren’t just for framed prints any more. We are selling a series of Limited Edition* shirts with selected pieces of our photographic and digital artwork. Each design will be offered for a two week period; after which the design will be retired.

First, our Chromed Rose 368 design. The image features a photographic close-up of a rose that has been digitally remastered with some colour shifts and chrome detailing. It is not offered as a print or on merchandise other than this shirt, and will not be available from us again.

The second design is Pink Lilies 22103; lilies photographed against black card in our own garden. This image is available on merchandise elsewhere but is not available on apparel other than this Edition.

Design number three is Playground 16. A digitally-altered image from our original photograph; bright sunlight and snow pale compared to the colours of the playground equipment. This image is available on merchandise elsewhere but is not available on apparel other than this Edition.

+ Profits from the sale of these special edition shirts will support an independent Fine Art photographer.

* Each Edition is limited to the number of confirmed orders received within the two week period ending at 11:59pm ET on April 26th, 2014 (the Chromed Rose edition closes on April 25th) with a goal of 15 of each design. We need to sell only 5 shirts of a design to go into production.

Limited Edition Chromed Rose Shirt
Chromed Rose 368
Limited Edition Lilies Shirt
Pink Lilies 22103
Limited Edition Playground Shirt
Playground 16

 

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