If you know me in person, you probably realise I have pretty progressive thoughts when it comes to society. I believe in equality above all and opportunities for everyone, regardless of any circumstance. I also believe that money is simply a construct of society I would prefer to do without. Alas this is simply not something that’s feasible. We all need to eat, pay our rent and occasionally get vaccinations for our cats and this takes money. But whenever I can, I like to barter skills and services. It’d be nice if I could swap a sheep for a haircut but then I realise, I don’t actually have any sheep. But what I do have, is a skill where I can photograph stuff, and I want to share that as much as possible. I think our societies would be much better if we started appreciating what each other has to offer rather than monetising it and deciding how worthwhile something is by looking at a number quantifying it. And everyone deserves happiness, something that money often has a role in allowing (not that it’s the quintessential element by any means) which results in not everyone having access to things and experiences they would like. Perhaps I’m just a hippy that should live in a commune somewhere, but I value experiences of culture and friendships and exploring new places much more than simply making money which is probably why I believe what I do and why I am writing this post.
I’m going to be in a few countries over the next 12 months (some to already photograph weddings) and want to offer my services in exchange for something. If you think you have something to offer (accommodation/cultural experiences/local knowledge/etc) and would like me to photograph your wedding, we can make it happen. The exchange doesn’t need to be necessarily “equal”, just as long as we’re honest and nice to each other, it can work out. Also, the places I am visiting aren’t places or cultures I’d ordinarily get to photograph weddings in so in a way, I’m already in your debt!
So, these are the places and the dates which I’m available.
1 – New York City, USA: 23rd October – 2nd November 2012
2 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: 26th December 2012 – 4th January 2013
3 – England and Wales: 30th April – 7th May 2013 (UPDATE: Two lovely folks have already contacted me and I honestly won’t have any more time)
4 – Iceland: 9th May – 21st May 2013
If you’re in need of a photographer and for whatever reason can’t afford to pay money for it (or would prefer to barter in general!), get in touch. Send me an email and let me know some details about your wedding and what you would like to exchange with me. If you’re based in Australia, you’re obviously welcome to participate as well but please understand, I can probably only do one or two of these a year.
At this point in time, I think I want to make this an ongoing thing so I will announce when I’m headed somewhere to see if there are any interested parties. I love the feeling of seeing a little of other people’s lives so I know the experiences this can allow are ones that money could never pay for.