February 21, 2016
THE MILLION DOLLAR PICTURE
Last night we watched the movie 'The Million Dollar Arm' with friends. It's a story about a sports agent's search for baseball talent in India. Without spoiling the movie what caught my attention, besides the beauty of India (for sure from a photographic standpoint), was the value of having fun (you need to see the movie).
At the February meeting of the photography group that I am a member, we had the privilege of listening to April Watson Phd, Photography Curator with the Nelson Atkins Museum speak about the museum's photography collection and how to set up a portfolio. As she shared images from their collection, she noted that a copy of one of the museum's photographs recently sold for over $1,000,000. As a photographer, you are mostly driven by the love of this 'shoot and release' sport. But, there is also the thought in the back of your mind about taking that one picture that would be the subject of a Sotheby's Fine Art Auction.
I'll have to admit I don't understand what makes a photograph worth $1,000,000 or more. The "Potato #345 (2010)" by Kevin Abosch, a picture of a single Irish spud, recently sold for $1.08 million dollars. Peter Lik's "Phantom" photo sold for $6.5 million. Excellent photos to be sure, the value is intertwined with the expression of the artist's or photographer's work.
As depicted in the movie mentioned above, the riches isn't in the money itself but in the journey, in values, in relationships and in this case the simple joy of baseball or photography.