Eat The Darkness

by matthew ratajczak

Archive for October 2008

I’m Still Here, Sort Of

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and I want to apologize to all five of my loyal readers. Most of my free time has been spent trying to get my new website ready to go live. I’m close but not quite there. And then there is just life and all the consuming details of it. I promise to try and write more often and show some new work, but it might be a little while before I really get back into the groove.

In the meantime, to help satisfy your thirst, I’m happy to share that Alec Soth is back in the game. He is back blogging via Magnum. Check it out (here).

I also want to thank everyone who bought one of my photographs through my recent print sale here at Eat The Darkness. Your support is greatly appreciated and means a lot to me. The goal was, and still is, to help raise money so I can purchase some much needed camera equipment as I prepare to make the leap and go freelance. There’s more details in the original post. The sale is still active, so feel free to check it out and make a purchase. The holidays are getting closer, a photograph or two would make a lovely gift for your mom. I might even post a second round with some new photos.

I do have to say I was really surprised by the results of the print sale. The people I thought would jump all over it and help me out didn’t, and people I really didn’t expect to help, people I don’t talk to or see all the time, or people I haven’t seen or talked to in years, did! It was amazing. This is not a jab at those people who didn’t buy, believe me, I understand, kind of. I was just so pleasantly shocked by the people to who did buy a print, it’s not what I expected. Again, thank you so much. I’ve raised a nice little chunk of change. Far from my goal, but a good dent none the less. I don’t understand why more photographers don’t do this. There is so much amazing work out there that only lives on a website, a hard drive or a dusty DVD. Get it out there, make it available, share it, sell it, buy and sell art now!!!!

There are several photographers that I know, and many that I don’t, that if they made some of their photographs available for sale at affordable prices, I would definitely buy. Then again, many of them would probably not want to sell their work at a price most of us can afford. 

Anyway, thanks again for your patience, and thanks to all of you who supported me.


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October 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM

2007 TED Prize Winner: James Nachtwey

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2007 TED Prize winner James Nachtwey has his project online for the world to see. And you must see it. It’s important. Watch it (here), or below, and learn more about what Nachtwey is trying to accomplish through his documentary photographs (here). To watch his 23-minute acceptance speech for the award go (here).

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October 3, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Posted in Journalism, Photography