To make the swap an enjoyable event, I think it's necessary to set some rules (binding for both me and you). Here they are (courtesy of Tom O'Meara).
Please keep in mind the idea and guiding principal here is to share photographs among friends and fellow (amateur) photographers. It is not a competition, nor is it intended as a vehicle to embarrass someone. If you do not care for the photograph you receive, please consider it just one of life's minor (very minor) annoyances and move on without comment. I am sure the participants, gentlemen and gentlewomen all, do not need to be told the above but it bears posting so everyone knows the ground rules.
By agreeing to participate, you agree to abide by the rules.
That is a simple statement. There is no fine print, and with your usual good grace you will be expected to abide by these guidelines. If you cannot, please do not subscribe to the swap.
Here are the current guidelines:
1. Size: The shortest dimension should be about 8 inches or 20cm. This rule is somewhat flexible as prints may be trimmed with slight variations. Please abide by the spirit of the rule however and keep prints close to this minimum size. 8 Inch square prints are allowed.
2. Type: B&W or Color is acceptable. Prints may be produced by the individual, a lab, or via archival inkjet. Note: Prints from wet process or a lab are strongly recommended as there is no question regarding their archival properties. Furthermore, they are so inexpensive nowadays that there is little reason to use inkjet. However, if you feel your work is best represented by printing on your personal archival inkjet, by all means feel free to participate.
3. Mounts: There is no requirement to mount prints in this swap. However, mounted prints are not prohibited.
4. Scope: This swap is international in scope. PLEASE NOTE: this means you may have to send your print to another country or even continent (I live in Amsterdam, Holland). This may make postage more expensive but international postage is really insignificant for prints the size in question. If you do not want to ship internationally, please, do not participate.
5. Camera: Use any camera you like.
6. Deadline: Once we have agreed to continu the swap, you have 2 weeks to ship the print. This is a hard and fast rule and if you cannot make the deadline, do not sign up for the swap.
7. Picture information: An interesting aspect of a swap like this is the exchange of information regarding the shot. Please include with your photo any data that you may have recorded. Technical data (camera, lighting, metering, etc.) is encouraged but not required. A short story adds additional sentiment.
8. Signing the print: Standard artists' protocol applies. They are: if the print is mounted, date and sign on the mount below the lower right corner (facing the print). If the photo has a title, it goes below the lower left corner of the print. If the print is unmounted, sign in the lower border, just as you would if mounted. (The use of Gel pens is considered bad form and amateurish in art markets. However, with today's resin coated papers, the thin line Sharpie Markers may be used just as you would a pencil to sign a print.)
10. The last rule: You are hereby required to derive fun and enjoyment doing this. :)
If you wish to participate, and agree to abide by the above guidelines, then _email me_ the below information:
- Your name
- Your mailing address (your postal address, include country codes, etc.)
- Your email address (only necessary if different than the one used to respond to this call)
NOTE: In the header of your email (on the subject line) put "Print Swap" so I can sort things in my email system.
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