Not only it’s fun and whoever drew it has a very bright mind. It is also very true.
Working for free it’s inherently wrong and sounds like a contradiction in terms. True.
Working for a cause, or giving part of your time for a charity it’s “Why not? Good Karma and all”
It’s making me think, with huge appreciation, about S4C many volunteers… Many people keep asking me why we work “for free” and why we do it, “stealing” jobs and assignements from those who rely on this for a living. A legitimate question and a reasonable remark… If you chose Photography (and documentary photography) as your LIFE, you got to make a way to make it for a living. Of course.
But they miss the point. Of course, the blog section is not the right place to elaborate on a very difficult topic (also because I think nobody is reading this….eheheh) but, thinking out loud, the point is that we do the kind of work other would not be ready to do it if they were not pay for. And we tell those stories that are not considerate….”remunerative” for mainstream media….
We just fill a gap. That’s all… There are so many stories that want and need to be known; and there are so many people willing to tell them. For free, yes… because S4C is a non-profit and we really do not have a cent on the bank account (yes, my friends, situation is really dramatic but we do not care).
We’ll get to a point where we’ll consolidate a “business model” that will ignite a cash flow (from sponsors, donors, workshops, classes, etc.) that would allow us to reimbourse the photographers cost. Because it’s only fair and we WANT, we strongly want, to get there. But for the moment we really cannot….
What do you say to a small (or even tiny) group of volunteers that give shelter to homeless or refugees and ask you to shoot some photos of their work for their blog or website?
The answer it’s only one for us:
Antonio PS Ok, I admit I was tempted….I was about to write “Yes, We Shoot” but I stopped myself.