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  • (from myself)

    It's becoming a habit; photographing wooded trails. It's also becoming something of a series. I'm going to title the group of images "Trails of Life". I can't think of a better project than photographing something that I love, and look for wherever I go.

    Something else that's becoming a habit, is reworking photographs that were supposed to be 'finished product', and have already been presented as such. This particular image didn't make it 10 minutes on my tumblr site before I retouched it, and replaced the image.

    This personality flaw seems to be common to most artists. As long as a work is in their possession, it will never be done to their complete satisfaction, and for this reason, they should not be allowed to keep in their possession any of their works, selling them for the enjoyment of some public, or private entity. The sole rights to the work should be made part of that sale.

    This would accomplish two things; preservation of the original vision of the artist, keeping it safe from his or her own meddling, and providing the artist with a viable income assuring that they continue to produce new material.

    I did say two things, right?... Well, thinking this through I realize that this would also be an encouragement for an artist to be much more productive; or prolific (I like the term prolific here better).

    Today, with this image, I am drawing up a contractual agreement that will go along with any photographs I may sell, either as a limited release, or an individual sale, that will guarantee that the digital file for the completed work along with the original RAW file, will be delivered along with the image (in the case of an individual sale), then expunged from my possession, or locked away in a separate file for safekeeping (for limited copy sales), facilitating replacement of any image damaged in any manner (flood, fire, theft,...). The owner of the file, or signed guarantee, would benefit then from a kind of insurance policy for their purchase, plus the exclusivity of the ownership, and I could no longer mess with the images.

    The contract files, and all image files included in them will be kept on a hard drive separate from my computers; marked as "Untouchables", along with the signed agreements including buyer information for later verification, with each image, and it's respective image RAW. I'm going to regulate my self on this ruthlessly, to effectively stop my practice of rethinking my original visions until they resemble nothing of their initial spark.

    The image here gave me this idea, or, I should say, the title caption did. Every image I take, every image I process, gets a little part of me poured into it from the time I first see what I am compelled to aim my camera at. With that much of me in every image, they all need to seek shelter from my incessant urge to make them over. They... (I)... need to seek shelter from myself. This will be the first image in that file.
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