Skype is NOT sponsoring this story…

 

SKYPE  is NOT sponsoring this story…

Yet Burn could probably not exist without Skype…No joke…Many of my relationships are virtual , on Skype…Including a very special relationship with Kaya Berne (above),  who attends university classes a few hundred miles from me and yet gets all my e-mail and workshop and some Burn stuff done simply by Skype and text messaging. For example, we just finished selecting some portfolios for my upcoming workshop in Sydney in May. This is after my  RIO opening at the ACP  and the BURN 02  show.

Imants Krumins, who I have never met in person, and I have a Skype only relationship that has led to Imants heading up a special young photographers presentation during the upcoming HeadOn Photo Festival that envelopes all mentioned above and 140 other shows all during the month of May.

Most importantly, my morning coffee is often shared with my mother by Skype since she is all the way out in Colorado.  Diego Orlando and I MUST have Skype to make Burn as did Anton Kusters and I prior in the first two years….and right NOW my entire RIO book is being produced over Skype!! yes, of course, I have real people like Diego Orlando and Eva-Maria Kunz now in Italy and on top of production and I will go to watch the presses roll, but without Skype the whole RIO book production would not exist…even today I will be looking at fonts interplayed with design for the slipcase for the interactive “book” over Skype…the picture above really does say it all…my fireside chats often really are virtual yet with very real results.

Point is, Skype SHOULD sponsor us!!

In all seriousness, YOU should sponsor us. In fact you do. WE are free to create the most interesting things  if you support us. If we are free, then you are free. Come up with a great story idea and we will run it til it stops.  Look at what we do because we have no strings. You make it possible for our Emerging Photographer Fund  to award photographers cash grants. You make it possible for Burn 01 and 02 and upcoming 03 in print. We make these quality books, printed in Italy, and with no production cost spared as limited edition books because you support them.

Snapshot to the future: New Burn books are coming. New workshops based in my New York loft with a variety of teachers. With the assembled talents here, Burn will make stuff. Books. Movies. Whatever. If we do not know how to do it, you do. The work published here also comes from you. So in fact you are supporting you.

I try my best to make all of this so called virtual world “real”. Hence our print agenda and workshops. I also try to get “out there” as much as I can to photo fests, exhibitions, galleries, etc, so I have a pretty good idea of what is going on. My close friends tell me I am often too accessible, yet I can remember as a young photographer so appreciating a moment with someone with a bit more experience than I. Pay back, pay forward.

Many thanks to all of you for your support of ideas, comments, writing, photography, and funding. Oh by the way, you might be thinking we are expanding to expand. Nope. Small boutique forever here on Burn. Promise. Trying not to grow. I do not want a job.

This is a whole new world for me. Making real friends, doing real things, from online resources that would heretofore have seemed “unreal ” for me. What about you? Is the virtual world now your real world? Was Marshall McLuhan even more right than he knew?

 

 

 

104 Responses to “Skype is NOT sponsoring this story…”


  • Hey congrats Thodoris,
    but then again, it’s not a surprise, that book is fantastic.

  • I realize this is an old thread and probably nobody is paying attention to it. But I am intrigued by DAH’s statement “somebody does a great story and then, and then, alas where do they go? only one story , ever? for many it is like this…i remain curious and perhaps a bit perplexed by this phenomena.”

    I have been grappling with this question for about a decade now, in regards to my own work as well as to others. And I think there is not one clear cut answer. But I do think that sometimes “life” just gets in the way: how to pay rent, how to take care of oneself, things that happen in one’s family, etc….I dont think it’s as simple as a person does some good work and then that’s it, theyre gone and not doing anything anymore. There are many many factors that get in the way. Anyway, I think about this all the time and have even started a blog about it over at http://remerge.tumblr.com/.

    k

  • Things just have their time then they are no longer ……..no different to a sandstone carving on a bridge. It decays with time, but archivists want to interfere, make a replica and put the original in a museum (lost things) ………..it would be better to keep the replica in the museum and let the original run its course.

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