Digital photography! How great you are! We can shoot, we can share, we can show, we can be liked and followed. We can sell our photos on stock sites, or we can sell them as fine art. We can be famous. Really famous. But, saying the truth, is this what we really want to achieve?
We are maybe utopian, but we still like interactions, we like real thing and printed photos. We think that some photos are so wonderful that they can't be limited to the web. They should decorate our houses, cross the boundaries and let people talk, interact, be amazed.
Objectively printing photos has a cost, a considerable cost. And usually we do it just to decorate our houses. Except for professional photographers, that decorate museums, instead.
But here we came up with an idea. Maybe banal, maybe original. We don't know. We want your opinion.
Everyone knows what is the bookcrossing project:
BookCrossing (also BC, BCing or BXing) is defined as "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise." The term is derived from bookcrossing.com, a free online book club which was founded to encourage the practice, aiming to "make the whole world a library." Wikipedia
How can we port it to photography?
The idea is this, maybe we can develop it together:
- Someone wants to share a collection of his photos, ideally a photo project with a story behind.
- He prints the photos in a frame ready to be hanged on the wall, exactly like he would curate an exhibition.
- He starts the exhibition in his favorite place (Home? Office?)
- Visitors (real ones!) will get the wow effect. Will talk bout these photos. Will interact. Slowly maybe, but we are sure, with a passion that the web can't release.
- After a while, the exhibition should move. We want it to move, we want that everybody see it. A friend, a colleague, a visitor, someone should be the next hosts. And he will introduce these photos and the stories behind to his guests. And this can be repeated in a hypothetical infinite chain of exhibitions.
- And maybe someone would want also to buy one, or all. That's never bad!
Printing costs may be shared, if we find a way to decide where the exhibition will move. And it would be nice to track the path on going. But these are just addons.. What to do you think?
Let's talk about this with the hashtag #photoexpocrossing