Update: I appreciate the feedback. I'm still trying to make sense of everything, particularly the lack of interest overall. I try to be as engaging as possible and would definitely like to discern the reasons why no one felt compelled to comment so I would definitely appreciate more feedback so I can improve next time. I also tried to take a break and do some soul-searching lest I fall deeper into cynicism and depression.
There is some good news to come out of this past week. I found out from the Snow Leopard Trust that two of my prints were auctioned off for a total of $735 with fierce competition over Cub Condundrum ([link] and [link]. I was quite happy with that since it will go towards their amazing programs. It definitely improved my confidence.
There are still one "maybe", but after a week of holding the print sale the DeviantArt Tiger Day print sale results are more in:
Total Money Raised: $8.55
This total, combined with the fact that no people actually commented on this journal, pretty much confirms that this was a complete failure. I honestly don't know what to say right now...it's pretty heartbreaking on a number of levels. This really wasn't what I needed right now, let alone the tigers.
Hello Tiger Fans!
I have a wonderful announcement to make. On Sunday, September 26th 2010, people around the world will be celebrating International Tiger Day. It's a day not only to show your love for this amazing species, but to also raise awareness for it's plight and to do our best to help!
About the Print Sale
In celebrating of International Tiger Day, I'm holding a print sale. What's so special about this print sale you ask? Well, for every print purchased between Sunday, September 26th and Sunday, October 3rd, I will donate 50% of the proceeds to programs that are working to save tigers in the wild. It's a great way to get some cool prints (maybe some future holiday gifts) and to help this amazing species. I usually donate my time, but in this economy, non-profits are suffering and definitely need some help financially.
If you are interested in participating in the print sale, send me a note!
Aside from knowing you're helping conserve an amazing species, deviants will also have the opportunity to win a 3-month Premium Subscription. Just buy a print and you will be entered into a random draw to win! It's that simple!
Also, be one of the first 10 people to order a print and receive a free tiger goodie!
Tigers are the largest of the big cats and are exclusively found in Asia from India to Vietnam, from Indonesia to the Russian Far East. The tiger can be divided into 9 subspecies: 4 are currently critically endangered and 3 are already extinct. Though estimations of tiger populations only a few years ago was 5,500-6,000, today populations are likely closer to 3,500 and are still declining. Dramatic declines of the tiger in India, thought to host the majority of the world's tigers, have fallen to less than 1,411. Overall, the past decade has seen a 40% reduction in tiger habitat, which now represents a mere 7% of its historic range. Poaching is a significant problem throughout the tiger's range, the demand for its body parts in traditional medicines, tonics, and exotic dishes driving a lucrative trade that is wiping out entire populations. Long-term threats include habitat fragmentation and prey depletion, which is accelerating the tiger's demise and subsequently reducing the long-term genetic viability of many populations.
I hope you will consider participating either by buying prints or by spreading the word. I think it's a great opportunity to do some real good.
New for 2010 are some special animal Polaroids available for purchase. Get up close and personal with 10 fantastic animals showing off for the camera. They make for great, unique souvenirs and could be fantastic decor for your den!
These cheeky creatures are available FREE with the purchase of an 8x10 or 11x14. On their own, they are:
1 for $5
4 for $10 or
All 10 for $20!
I hope you'll consider taking home a few of these fantastic furry faces!
12 months, 12 of your favourite HeWhoWalksWithTigers photos customized by month!
1 for $25
2 for $45
3 for $60
4 x 6 Print
1 for $5
2 for $8
3 for $10
5 x 7 Print
1 for $8
2 for $14
3 for $18
6 x 8 Print
1 for $10
2 for $16
3 for $20
8 x 10 Print*
1 for $20
2 for $30
3 for $40
*with free animal polaroid!
11 x 14 Print*
1 for $30
2 for $50
3 for $60
*with free animal polaroid!
Prices are in US dollars. Shipping will be calculated based on buyer's place of residence to ensure the lowest possible cost. I will ship anywhere in the world. Prices will change subject to any changes in production costs, including those which drive costs down.
Paypal is preferred. Please contact me by note or email (hewhowalkswithtigers [at] gmail.com) to discuss alternative methods. My Paypal account is the same as my email so on the off chance you feel like throwing money at me, that's the place to send it.
Why buy from you? What do you have to offer that others don't?
I would like to think that my work speaks for itself. However, there are more reasons. When you buy prints from me, you know that you are supporting someone you know rather than some large multi-national corporation. Also, as I'm currently in the hunt for a job, the income I get from my prints is very much appreciated. When I do find work, the income I'll receive from my prints will help me work towards buying a more advanced camera, which will ultimately assist me in providing more photos of greater technical quality. Furthermore, this will help in my goal on DeviantArt of raising more awareness for conservation and the animals I photograph.
When in high-school, I wanted to be a wildlife photographer. I took courses in photography and art, but after finding out about tigers and how endangered they are, I decided to dedicate my life to saving them. However, I still am involved in photography as a hobby. It is through my photography I wish to inform people about the world's most endangered animals and inspire people to help.
To find out more about how and why I got started with tigers, please visit this [link]
I volunteer for numerous conservation organizations, traveled to Asia to assist conservation efforts, spearheaded public involvement initiatives and am now on the cusp of beginning a career in helping protect wildlife. I hope you will join me on my journey to help create a clean, sustainable future where all humans and wildlife can flourish. It is up to us.