So, I’m just sitting in my living room, at home, working on my laptop when I think: “Holy Grinch! It’s Chrsitmas, and I don’t have any idea what I want for Christmas.” the way my partner (the painter Ann Marquis) and I work this gift thing is that we each get one present. We used to make out a list, but that got way too constricting. I mean… how long should a be? Two items. 23. 10. Argh! Who can make that kind of a decision on such short notice? We now just obtain the one present that we think each other would like, with a very minimal price tag on it.
Then I thought, “Gee whillikers, I wonder what a few of myu closest photographer friends would want for Christmas?” So, I sent out an email, a call to arms, so to speak. I asked a few hundred of my very, very closest photo-buddies what they would want for Christmas. I didn’t give them any limits other than to say that I only wanted them to respond with one wish. A simple one. Not “World Peace.” Not a Cadillac Escalade with which to haul ALL their camera equipment. Not being able to take a one-on-one mentoring session with the photographic God/Goddess of their choice. I also suggested to not take too much time thinking about it. I wanted the answer to be spontaneous. I will add responses as I receive them.
I sent the email, and with a certain amount of bravado they responded:
Susan Burnstine: An all expense paid photo trip to Europe sponsored by Ilford so I get free film and chems, or a Canon EOS 1-D Mark IV with three great lenses??? (OK. I gave her two “wants.” You would too if you knew her!)
Helen K. Garber: A Mamiya 7 kit and the money to process and scan the film for a new book project.
Jeff Dunas: Someone to implement and manage my website, blog, newletter, e-blasts, facebook, linked-in, myspace, flickr and twitter pages, none of which I worried about a short while ago.
Beth Moon: The first thing that comes to mind would be a subscription to SilverShotz as they don’t carry it at my local bookstore anymore.
Joy Goldkind: I would love to have a print from one of my bromoil students. Really to know someone loves this process as much a I do.