Auckland, New Zealand-based street photographer Sim Ahmed of Aucklandia recently decided to spread the love of photography by displaying and offering his work for free on the streets of his city. After printing out 500 digital prints for 9 cents each three weeks ago, he began framing them, revisiting the locations where they were shot, and sticking them on buildings there.
The prints are placed into cheap frames Ahmed purchased from The Warehouse (New Zealand’s largest department store retailer. Their version of Wal-Mart), which sells 4×6 frames for as little as $1.50 each. Since the stores don’t stock many of these cheap frames at one time, Ahmed had to go around to Warehouse stores in various suburbs to pick up the quantity of frames he needed.
The back of each frame is signed and numbered, and contains a short message inviting passersby to take the photos home with them.
I’m a photograph. I was put here by someone impersonating an artist. Please rescue me and in return I promise to look damn good on your wall.
A nice idea to borrow!
- When people see you with a big camera and declare “Wow! That’s a nice camera, I bet it takes great pictures”.
- “You must have a good lens”
..what about the photographer? uhm..
In case you think photographer are always out taking pictures, spending their time traveling in very cool places and joining super cool events!
Unfortunately that’s not the case.
Well, the reality it’s a bit different, check the graphs below on How photographers actually spend their time. There are tons of other things, not super exciting sometimes, not strongly related in the process of composing a shot and pressing the “click!” button.
Something that normally the majority of people don’t know, it’s the amount of time (serious) photographers take to edit their shots.
I’m not talking about using heavily Photoshop to create fake artifact or artistic images. That’s what other artists do, it’s their approach and their way to see the world and express it.
What I mean is the process of correcting the photos taken, taking out imperfections, creating nice black&white images. It’s something extremely important (make sure your photographer does it) that can dramatically change the result of a picture. Shooting in RAW format made it necessary, it’s like having a (old) film to develop in the (now digital) darkroom.