I was just at a Starbuck's buying an Egg Nog Latte, when a homeless woman came in and asked the clerk, "Do you have anything for just a dollar?"
I'm not struggling like her obviously, but as my father used to say, "It's not what you make but what you spend." And having my own business, Fezziwig Press, costs money and my little company isn't making enough money right now.
So I'm doing an Amanda Fucking Palmer thing. If I don't ask, you don't know to give.
Fezziwig Press and I have been struggling financially for the last year or so. Namely, I'm not quite breaking even, still a few hundred dollars in the red each month, even with my part time counseling gig and all. I'm making some sales with image rights, book sales, music sales, etc, but not like I did five to ten years ago. So I'm putting out the artistic begging bowl. And I'm giving shit away.
The Transpersonal Papers (1861-2010) was released in 2011. Cost a boat load to produce but I only sold seven ebook copies. (Thank you to the seven, by the way.) So I'm offering it today, to you all, for free.
If you like The Transpersonal Papers, or the StuBlog, or my work, I ask that you give a little money to my Paypal account. My log-in is my email address, stujenks at gmail dot com, spelled like you normally would type it. Donate to my Paypal, or buy some books, or send money to P.O.Box 161, Tucson, AZ 85702. Whatever you like. No expectations, but if I don't ask, you don't know. And of course, if you don't give, that's perfectly all right too. We're all tight these days, don't I know. Or you just might not like my stuff that much. It's all good, as the kids say. Except for my ever-shrinking savings account.
I hope you enjoy the photographs and the stories in this book. Perhaps someday I'll have enough money to print it as a large coffee table book, like it was originally envisioned. Perhaps not, but you can have it right now for free. Enjoy.
Image: "Queen Esther Baptist Church, Lancaster, Virginia" (c) 2011 Stu Jenks (Just down River Road from Victoria's house. Love that luscious red carpet. And for you nocturnals out there, it was handheld. Rare for me.)
In this time of making photos on iPhones and Macbook Pros and only looking on screens, I forget I'm a old-school guy. I make a 8 1/2 x 11 work print on archival paper of EVERY image I make. EVERY one. It's the only way, for me, to accurately check for color shift, density, composition, etc. I really like my iPad screen but it's no way to make a good print.
And I have hundreds, if not thousands, of work prints artist proofs at my studio.
If you see an image of mine on The StuBlog or on my old website or on the Fezziwig Press Store or in any of my books, there's a beautiful small print in a box somewhere, perhaps with your name on it. And since I'm organized, I can find it.
Many of you can't afford my larger prints. I understand. I don't have an extra 50 or 100 lying around either. But I do have an extra $20 for stuff I really like.
So if you see an image of mine on any of my sites or in any of my books and you want it, it's yours for $25, shipping, handling and tax included. (I believe in paying taxes, sales and otherwise.)
Just email me at my facebook page or through the StuBlog or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me what print you would like or just pull the jpeg and send that to me.
I was just watching the Tarhells lose today in basketball, working on images at my computer when I thought, 'I bet people don't realize I have boxes of work prints here.'
You all do now.
Love and light,
p.s. Ignore the catagories belows. The computer went wacky. Another reason why I prefer a print in the hand as opposed to an image in The Cloud.
Been a long time coming for The Transpersonal Papers (1861-2010).
Three editors, two proofreaders, two designers, four printers, and hours, days, weeks, months, years, lifetimes, (I know I'm overstating), of writing, traveling, shooting, editing, remembering, hiking, and more writing, shooting, and editing, but I'm not complaining. No, no, no.
And apologies for not having the dough right now, to print The Transpersonal Papers as a coffee-table book as I had originally planned. ($10,000, it would have cost. Maybe someday.) But you now can buy it, for $14.95, as an Ebook on the Apple IPad, and I expect it to be available within a couple days on the Nook and the Kindle as well.
I just looked at it on my new IPad. The photos, text and design look grand.
And as an extra surprise, Bozo In Love is now up on IBooks too, ($9.95), as well as the rest of my catalog: Flame Spirals, Hoop Dancing, and Dementia Blues, on IBooks, Nook and Kindle.
Just in time for Christmas.
And don't worry. All but The Transpersonal Papers can still be bought as a book book through Fezziwig Press. I have plenty. Just go to www.fezziwigpressonline.com, for the hardbounds and paperbacks, but go to ITunes, today, (and Kindle and Nook, soon) for the ebooks.
Heavy sigh from my third story apartment balcony. I look out onto the Tucson city lights in the valley below. Cold, dry air embraces me. I inhale deeply. Exhale.
A very good night in the desert.
Think I'll make a cup of coffee with egg nog and play some Angry Birds on my new IPad.
"Juniper Bozo Angel, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona" (c) 2011 Stu Jenks
A new Bozo image, taken this afternoon in a light drizzle, near a high road below Mt. Wrightson. And not to brag but mostly to clarify, this is not an image made from sandwiched negatives. Everything you see is on one digital neg. I just made the blacks blacker and the reds redder.
A Bozo Angel for my deceased family, Stuart, Mary and Pamela. Thanks for walking beside me in the rain today.
Images from top to bottom: "Bozo at Rockaway Beach, California","Bozette at Guadelupe Mountains, Texas" & "Bozo & Bozette at Point Reyes, California"
We'll see if I get in. I tend not to be 'edgy' enough these days for many Comtemporary Art people, but Terry Etherton is a good guy, and you can't win if you don't play.
Below is the text of my submission email to Etherton Gallery. Enjoy
"Bozette at Guadalupe Mountains, Texas" (c) 2010 Stu Jenks. Dimensions: 18" x 18" framed. Archival Pigment Print.
"Bozo at Rockaway Beach, California" (c) 2010 Stu Jenks. Dimensions: 18" x 24" framed. Archival Pigment Print
"Bozo & Bozette at Point Reyes, California" (c) 2010 Stu Jenks. Dimensions: 18" x 24" framed. Archival Pigment Print.
Short Artist Statement for 'Red.' (For a longer statement, go to fezziwigpressonline.com for the book Bozo In Love or I can drop a copy of the book by Etherton's, just for the heck of it. No biggie. I know you prefer contact this way. The statement below is fine. And regarding the quote by Mark Rothko: “There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” I get what he's saying but nevertheless, he's wrong. There are plenty of good things about nothing. Just ask the Buddha. Now my Short Artist Statement.)
"Bozo meets girl. Bozo gets girl. Bozo & Bozette are happy, but only for a while. Bozo loses Bozette. Bozette loses Bozo. Bozo & Bozette go their separate ways. But Bozo & Bozette miss each other very much. Time passes. More time passes. Finally, Bozo & Bozette get back together and they live happily ever after." - Stu Jenks, 2011
If you want to by this book (or any of my books,) just go to Fezziwig Press and click on the fourth book icon on your right, and it'll take you to Bozo In Love. It's a small chapbook. I'm very pleased with the quality of the printing, as I know you will be too.
And Bozo In Love is dedicated to my recently-deceased sister Pamela Jenks. She saw the proof before she died. She was very pleased. Buy a book in memory of my sister (and it'll put food on my table as well.)
I think you'll enjoy Bozo In Love. A book for kids from 8 to 108.
Pretty day in Tucson. Clear, crisp Spring day. Working on the new book. Selling the third book. And a new/old Rollei is on its way from Mumbai, India. Bought it for a song on Ebay. Can't wait. Now back to writing. Have a great day, y'all. Love and light, Stu