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Wide Awake And Dreaming

Nine or so months ago I bought a Canon Canonet film camera and started to explore film again for the first time in years. Some of the early shots I got from the camera are still among my recent favorites and this is one of them. As it stands this is my most interesting photo according to flickr and I have gotten more requests to turn this into a desktop than any other film image of mine. Well, lucky for you all, I scanned it in with a better scanner before I left for Germany and I thought I would take a moment to get it posted for everyone to enjoy.

While I’m thinking about it, I’ve been considering selling prints of a select amount of my images. I’m not sure what kind of editions I would make available but I was wondering if there was any interest for such a thing for anyone reading. Just throwing the idea out there to see what readers think while I consider different ways of making this possible and how I would handle it.

At any rate, please respect the terms of use found in the zip file containing the desktop which you can download by CLICKING OR RIGHT CLICKING HERE and saving the attached file and as always, enjoy!


  1. kaun - December 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    dude. Great stuff you have here! I’ve always loved seeing your awesome shots. This one’s just in time for my scrip writing.

    Gracias for adding joy to the world. xD

  2. laslo - December 3, 2008 at 4:39 am

    print the photos on large formats and make an exhibition in a gallery, later on you can sell small limited prints, keep the originals. just my opinion. cheers. :)
    p.s. maybe you know him, he is from munich

  3. Andrea - December 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I think you would be shocked too see what an interest there is for your work. If it’s an avenue you want to take, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the response you get from it. Thank you for keeping my desktop interesting and beautiful for me to look at! You have a huge gift!

  4. Zack - December 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I think you’d have a lot of interest if you made some prints. I know if I could afford it, I’d get one or twelve.

  5. john - December 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I’m happy to hear you guys give your votes of support for making prints. It is something I have been planning on for over a year now and have been collecting a group of photos that would work well together as a collection as well as debating the distribution method for selling them.

    With my film work I am really set on getting fully optical/manual prints made rather than using all the modern digital methods that are so popular today for a gallery showing. As for the prints and editions, I have yet to decide so well see what happens with it in the coming year.

    Again, thanks for the feedback on this!

  6. Rodrigo - December 15, 2008 at 10:36 am

    WOW im a great fan, you have a very very good work

  7. Lee - April 25, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I have to say this is probably my favorite picture out of all the ones you’re posted so far to this site. Keep up the awesome pictures!

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