Last month I wrote a post about the process of making a couple of Photography Zines. I decided to put the two zines on sale to the public, something I haven’t done with my work in a long time, and as my way of doing something positive, donate any profits before the end of this month – June 2020 – to the charity Cáritas here in Spain.
You can order yours here if interested: https://www.blurb.es/user/OwainShaw
I’m not a big name in Photography, nor do I have a big online following, so I was always aware that my sales would be limited – probably to friends and family – but it’s nice to know that any copies which do sell are doing a little bit of good.
I often, probably too often, wonder about what my photography really brings to the world, with the conclusions generally not being very positive but in this case there’s a tangible, quantifiable benefit in terms of money raised for a good cause. Sales in May meant I was able to donate 236€ earlier this month.
There’s still another eleven days (at time of writing) until the end of the month, and hopefully a few more will sell before then to add to this month’s total.
I’ve been less active in promoting the sale this month which has perhaps affected sales but I’ve been spending less time on social media generally, and I feel awkward promoting something – even if it is for a good cause, and without any direct benefit to myself (except that I ‘get to feel good’ … no selfless good deed, no true altruism and all that) – at this time, and with other good causes in need of promotion I haven’t wanted to carry on my own.
In any case, however many copies eventually sell, a good thing has been done and money has been raised for those in need, and these are positives worth celebrating, especially in times like these.
If anyone reading this wants to do their bit – or wants to donate to any of the many other worthy causes out there – then that’s wonderful too! I hope to sell a few more copies before the end of the month, but whatever the total number, I’ll be happy when I get to click the donate button.
Thanks for reading – stay safe, stay well.