(Team Robespierre, Yeasayer, and High Places performing at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, more photos here)

Don't have much to say, utter exhaustion has forcibly occupied my brain cavity for now. Instead I'll just go for a shameless plug (something some of my friends think I don't do enough of, strangely). The Humble Arts Foundation is selling prints of my "Subway" photo from my Of Quiet series on their website. And until 2008 they are offering a generous 20% discount. So jump on that, get your friends a loving token of your undying affection for them and tasteful art. . . or something. But hurry, the edition is limited to 10 prints.



So I make an Xmas mix every year. This sprang out of the "no music unless it's holiday music" rule at my parent's house when I go home over the holidays. That usually meant Bing Crosby's "Mele Kalikimaka" till you puked. So I made a mix of tolerable tunes to play that qualified as "holiday," pretty much just to preserve my sanity. And then I started giving it out to friends, and they liked it. Now in it's fourth year, I present to you my '07 Xmas Mix. Keeping in mind that I have used up most of the good songs over the preceding three years, it's still not all that shabby. Enjoy.

• Xmas Mix '07 - download here, or here


  1. suckapants why rely on the humble arts foundation to sell your work? you have so many good photos why arent' you selling them yourself? instead, you post them all on flickr and kids all over the country download them for free, call them their own- which is counterculture awesome in its own way. but still, you complain about living in poverty, you work your ass off and work it well yet seem to do little to turn work into profits. and again, i don't live your life and i could be completely wrong, this is just an outsider's view.

  2. Point well taken. A few questions raised though:

    A) Where should I sell my photos? On this website? I have been unable to find many "Ins" to the gallery world so far (my ideal target), publishing seems a gamble at best, and most magazines tend to rely on the buddy system (as in hiring their buddies) or agents for anything.

    B) Kids are stealing my stuff on Flickr? Well maybe I need to go back to putting my name in the corners again (pain in the ASS). Flickr is a double-edged sword, exposure = promotion, exposure = photos consumed (and apparently stolen too). I just had an agency contact me about casting a girl from one of my photos in a major ad campaign shot by Mr. Big-time photographer. They just happened to stumble upon my stuff on the web. Does this help me? Not really. Does it help someone I photographed (and possibly her friends)? Definitely. Is it worth it then? Um. . .

    C) Do I really complain that much? Damn, I certainly try not to.

    D) I agree with your summation, yet am stumped as to what to do to change the situation. Got any connected friends you want to introduce me to?

  3. tod you have to know you complain...
    you wouldnt be seelie if the world wasnt against you!

  4. i believe in you tod. you def have a bit of a 'tude but i also propose that your chip on your shoulder (ref: yr motto) is a driver for you. it's not so bad, you produce wonderful work as an effect and the photos are popular.

    open up a suckapants store that sells up to 16x20 for digital and whatver size for film.. not much overhead on the web and you've got a customer base pre-existing. do some pr and market yourself to all the photo websites including flickr, from here to china and back. have a friend set up the back-end for you

    20x200 is alright, but people like variety when they shop, and if someone wants one of your photos, that may not be the one they like the most. people tend to have their own favorites -- watching my stats on flickr has taught me that. it's like the "long tail" of taste -- you can graph this shit.

    plus, your work tends to sell at all the local group shows you're in, so that's fortuitous. just create that opportunity for buyers directly and then market it to them. easy money.

  5. Humble's charging more than a couple $$ a print, and in turn, photographers like Tod get a pretty generous percentage, more than many galleries give, and further exposure to the art buying community. All power to selling independently, but in this situation, it's hardly like the McDonalds of the artworld are taking advantage of Tod here. PS, Humble's a non profit that focuses all of its work on helping emerging photographers, so it's a win-win situation.