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Saturday, June 05, 2004

The days are going by in a blur.  Tomorrow is Sunday, but it feels like Monday.  I've re-done my display for the 19th time, and tomorrow I'm going to bring notecards out as well.  The rig is now light enough so that I can carry everything with one hand free: large backpack stuffed with pictures and supplies; and a display grid that opens to 8 feet that can be carried with one hand and is still sturdy enough to resist the wind.

I have quite a bit of film to develop from my 7 days as a pedlar - as well as a few rolls of color film from the dress rehearsal for the play.  Will try and get to it Monday.

Speaking of the play - going out on the street day after day feels like auditions.  You really do need a tough skin. 

9:03:12 PM    

I had difficulty falling asleep - over-tired.  But as I drifted off some other comments from the day came to the surface. 

"I could close my eyes and pick anything of the photographs here - I see that you believe in everything you do."

And I felt a determination forming to go out again - maybe even today (Sat.) though it is supposed to be raining.  A determination not to be beaten by the street.  I would make further adjustments.  Leave the big pictures at home. There's not enough of a selection of them.  Keep them focused on the smaller prints.  Get a couple framed to attract attention.  The Chinese saleman sells 8 x 10 frames for $2 each (that's right - $2 each).

Start to bring out the notecards... tourists want notecards... sell small prints and notecards... leave the big bin flipper at home... make it really lightweight and easy to get back and forth so that I could just pick up and leave whenever I wanted to without hassle...

What else did I learn?  Legally, you can sell whatever you "can't wear."  That's why there is no jewelery out there.  The legal definition seems to be that if you can wear it, it ain't art.  One of the artists was telling me that the reason there were so many schlock vendors out had to do with Guiliani.  That when he tried to ban artists, the case had gone to the New York Supreme Court - and the city had lost.  So now, instead of just having actual artists out there - the way it was a few years ago - you had the trinket sellers as well since the city didn't think it could fight this again.

4:49:54 AM    


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