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Prints for sale?

I never thought of actually trying to sell any of my work, but as I’ve found this very nice printing service that does a very good job (digital printing, laminated and all that) and can print reasonably big images, I think I should try to make some prints and sell them, or at least advertise them for sale here a couple at a time. If one gets sold, great. If not, ok. I have no idea how much it could or should cost though. It’s not exactly cheap to print them, but it’s not something worth a thousand bucks. Yet.

Once I saw someone auctioning fractal images at Ebay (where else?…) at 1 cent each – yes, 1 cent, $0.01. They were all someone else’s images (unprotected, without any watermark) that he had collected from several sources and he was offering them at such low prices because he would deliver them by email. You had just to choose which images you liked, and he would send them to you at the amazing price of 1 cent each. Printing at your expenses, of course. I actually watched this auction for a week or so, but fortunately nobody was interested. Not only the images offered were awful but also it was a clear case of theft.

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The chosen ones, part VII

From Gallery 14, “Halo”:

This is one of my favourite images. People tend to say it’s very “spiritual”, even though they don’t know its real name, which could really be suggestive. It was the first image I sent to the exhibition(s) in Spain, and it looked gorgeous printed in a big size and framed. It was my first experience of printing a fractal bigger than the more common and easy A4/A3 sizes, and I was really surprised. The bigger you print them, the more details appear, all the time. It happens to even some of the ugliest images, when they are seen printed in a big size and framed, they change.

I had a few problems with the brazilian mail service though. They charged me a very expensive fee to send it to Spain, and the glass of the frame came there broken (silly me, I used glass, should have tried something else). They said (obviously) that it wasn’t their fault, despite all the huge FRAGILE signs attached to the package. Since then whenever I need to send some of my fractals elsewhere I try to send it unframed and make all the framing job in the destination. It’s more expensive to do the framing in places like Europe or USA, but it’s safer. Framing them here is quite complicated, people aren’t used to frame this kind of work and I had a couple damaged prints, not to mention all the problems with the shipping – and I didn’t use the cheapest option!

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The chosen ones, pt. 3

Dot Hurricane, from gallery 06.

This was one of the images I sent to the people at MOCA, when I received this pre-selection invitation for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, right after I had been in the spanish exhibition(s). I must confess I entered it just for fun – sending them the images wouldn’t cause me no harm anyway. But Lincoln Center? Impossible!…

I tried to pick my best 3 images (that also weren’t sent to Spain) and… guess what? The three were approved! The feeling I had when I knew that not one but all three images were selected was something unbelievable. It wasn’t like “I’M THE BEST!” as one might think, it was just a feeling of “mission accomplished” or something, something like “see? I can do it!!” (actually it was more than anything a message to myself in these hard times). It’s quite good to have anything you do – in any area – admired and respected for what it is and not for what or who you are, after all I was (and still am) an “artist” with no tradition whatsoever, people found me and liked my humble work just because of itself, not because a famous person told them to look at my images or because I was/am part of a certain group of people neither because I paid them to be there. It is more worth it than getting a thousand comments from “friends” in a digital art forum, I can tell you that. And at Lincoln Center… I even planned to go there myself, but due to the stupid bureaucracy of getting visas and all that it wouldn’t be possible to get all the “legal” stuff ready in time. The images and the exhibition even continued for some more days in New Jersey, but it was really impossible for me to be there, not because I didn’t want to.

This image still has a place of honour in my living room, along with the other two. The printed version I sent them (this one on my wall) isn’t quite correct though (too much green, odd reds as usual), but it still looks great.

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About the images, part VI

There are less general comments to make about the images every day, but there are some points still not mentioned yet.

Most of these images were made much before than the now common 16:9 format became the default size (I guess it’s the default now, at least for LCD screens, isn’t it?). UltraFractal’s default size when you just install it and opens the default image is a 400 x 300 px image (or was, at least), in the standard (and already old?) 4:3 format. It was the common size used for ages, with all these very known sizes like 320 x 240, 640 x 480, 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768.

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