This folder isn’t as much fun because I already pulled this photo out as a favorite for its aesthetic appeal about half a year ago, submitted it to a photo exhibit, and had it on display for awhile. But I do have a funny God anecdote about it.
While I was still living in Mozambique, I found out that this photo was chosen for an exhibit in Houston. I was honored and excited until I found out that I was in charge of printing and framing it and delivering it to the gallery myself, which is obviously kind of tricky from a foreign country. I was also shocked at how much it was going to cost me to do all that – about $120. The upside to spending that much was that I could potentially sell the photo for $300. Thank goodness for the internet. I uploaded the photo to a site where I could order prints, had it shipped to a framer in Houston, whom I had skyped and made arrangements with, and she framed it and delivered it to the gallery. I didn’t actually see the final product until the opening reception. It was all very exciting, until I picked up the photo at the end of the exhibit, unsold. I began thinking of ways I could sell the piece to at least break even since I couldn’t really afford the printing and framing costs in the first place. I decided I would try to sell it at an upcoming art market where I had a table.
Several weeks later I got a mass email from a pastor friend of mine who runs a very cool non-profit pastoral care ministry. He puts on an annual fundraising art auction and was soliciting artistic contributions. As I was reading, a voice popped into my head: “Give him the photo.” I responded: “Well, let me first try to sell it at the market. If it doesn’t sell, then I’ll give it to him.” As soon as I thought it, I almost heard the original voice laugh at me, and I knew it wouldn’t sell. I knew the photo belonged to my friend and the auction. But, of course, I tried to sell it anyway. Would you believe no one even looked at it?? Slightly humbled, I handed the piece over to my friend.
The auction is still a few weeks away, and I hope many, many people look at this and bid on it so that it brings in even more than $300 for the ministry. That would be an even better story to tell…