I've been once again lurking here, and not posting much of late. (Probably my not having a lot of time to play has abetted my non-participation. Hopefully I'll get back into it soon!) For any who are wondering, this being my last off-season before I reach the half-century mark, I've been making a point of doing some things I've never gotten around to, but always wanted to do. Earlier this summer, for example, I joined the local gem and mineral society, and took a cabochon making course. What fun! I've wanted to do that since I was about 10! But I digress...
Another of my projects has been working on getting my very own website on line! It's not up yet, but getting close... hence my request. The site is to focus on my design artwork printed for sale on various items by CafePress, with various subdomains devoted to different subjects I'm interested in. One of them will highlight my ivory pickmaking, and in order to keep the CafePress motif constant throughout, I've done a couple of designs with pics of my picks.
But I've also thought it would make this section a whole lot more visually interesting if I could offer some artistic pictures of antique plectrally-played instruments, as well. So yes, I'll be upfront - I am shamelessly asking for your digital photos, as well as your permission to use them on items that will be for profit. But I must also stress that it's not as though I'll just be slapping the pictures on there willy-nilly, and greedily hoping for monetary recompense. I plan on doing unique, well-thought-out, very tastefully creative presentations of these images - some minor image manipulation, perhaps a montage format - which will ultimately depend on what I have to work with. (The mandokin pics will not be combined with images of my ivory picks!)
For anyone who contributes a photo or photos that I end up using in this project, I will happily assist you in purchasing any item(s) that feature your photo(s) at my cost. And I'll give you personal credit for providing the photo(s) and/or instrument ownership on my site (or not, strictly at your discretion and direction!) Due to the artistic aspect, though, the design copyrights will be my own.
I am only soliciting photos of old, traditional bowlback, flatback and bent-top mandokin instruments, mainly because that's what I prefer to present (and I sure wouldn't want to step on the toes of anyone who's doing F-style designs, anyway!) The higher resolution, the better (I prefer no reduction at all from what your digital camera will produce - don't worry, I have broadband), different angles, good lighting and focus a must, and closeups of interesting detail are great. You all know what you like to look at!
So, if you think it would be a kick to have one (or more) of your prized instruments featured in this way, then please contact me, and we'll discuss it! Thanks for reading and considering this. I welcome your comments!