My husband and I KEEP hoping to find a helpless (can’t fly) crow to adopt. Had a “pet crow” (perfectly able) in Sri Lanka and love them so much. My husband spotted a crow in the local cemetery that was lame – he asked if we could “adopt” him – but he was gone next day. Your birds are so, so beautiful. BEST of Holiday Wishes to you and Judy and all your critters!!
Beautiful. They look as though they’re happily contemplating a Christmas feast. Mark, I don’t want to offend by suggesting you do anything you might regard as shallowly entrepreneurish–but that picture would make a fantastic Christmas card, and I bet thousands and thousands of people would buy it (or better yet, a box of 12) in a heartbeat!
Funny you should mention this, Margaret. I had exactly the same thoughts since yesterday. Since then, I’ve contemplated asking Mark and Judy if they would be willing to permit me to print this photo on five or six cards (for personal use only – e.g., not for resale) via Shutterfly – provided that I give them full credit on the card, pay them appropriate copyright, publication, and other applicable fees.
Mark and Judy, if this would be do-able, can you please email me? If not, I completely understand – no problem!
Most people know Mark as a writer, but the art gallery exclusively represents him as Visual Artist and shows his photography collection. All the works depict his experiences with the members of the flock that he knows.
From time to time, Mark will put snapshots on the web, like Christmas Conures, but these are not photos for sale or to be reproduced. Please look to 2012 for some new releases! Rumor has it there might be some Winter Berries…
It is good that Mark has a program in place with a gallery that represents and sells his photos tastefully. However, in my opinion he needs to think very carefully about whether he wants this gallery to “exclusively” represent him. He might be passing up other options which could benefit him both artistically and financially.
I used to try to fill what desire there was for my photos, but it was incredibly time consuming. Because of the time my book was taking, I started having to beg off whenever people wrote wanting photos. When Linda came along offering to sell photos from her gallery, I was happy that somebody was willing to take it on. I’m not a businessman. She wanted exclusivity and I accepted that. I just wanted to get to my work. If it wasn’t for her, there would be no photos at all. I don’t like tack, and she doesn’t sell tack. I know that puts the photos out of the reach of a lot of people, but as I say, there wouldn’t be any photos at all if it weren’t for her. Maybe after the book is done, I’ll be able to give this more attention. But for the time being, it’s impossible.
I understand what you’re saying. I’m not a business person myself, and have thought about the same matters. You’re a writer, and you just want to do your work. You don’t want to waste time marketing the photos, and you’re right. But after the new book is done, think about this: there are gallery owners who don’t demand exclusivity, and they aren’t necessarily greedy, ignorant slobs who would turn your photos into “tack.”
To make anything for the mass market requires a great deal of capital to cover production and marketing expenses. What appears simple is a complex undertaking, even to be in the business of making boxed sets of cards.
Mark’s photographs are printed and framed locally and hand signed. Presently we are focused on preserving the integrity of the art and using American craftsmanship. While it is tempting to try and create a program for the mass market, we do not have the resources nor desire to be in that business.
We have 2 sizes of photos that retail for $129 and $169. Many of Mark’s followers are working on collecting the original set of 24. One of the things his collectors love is that I include the “little stories” on the back of each photograph; one collector told me that she takes them off the wall and reads his writings to her children as they look at the pictures:
So there is a lot of love and attention that we add to each purchase. Also this year I have included a “Made in America” icon on the stickers. We are proud to employ local artisans in the process.
Next year we are looking to add 3 – 6 more images from Mark.
This is not a big business and Mark & I don’t really make any money off the photographs, but as an art person it is all part of the magic of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. I love talking to the collectors and writing delivery confirmation emails telling them that the parrots are “flying toward them”.
They’re cotoneaster berries. They don’t seem to eat the flesh, other than to get to the small seed inside, which is what they do eat. I believe I’ve seen them eating pyracantha and toyon, but I’m not certain.