Last September I had a daily average of 204 visitors on Dolphin Address. I'm happy to welcome all of you and provide a few minutes of happy reading per edition. As you know access to my website has been free these past almost 12 years. And I'd like to keep it that way.
I have considered charging for subscriptions, but that would hit those who are less fortunate. Like I am. It's kind of a dilemma. My website is not free for me, mind you. Apart from the running costs of provider, web mistress and other regular computer-related invoices I have a fleet of tools to maintain. My computer is four years old now and the recent brush up in Holland included a new hard drive. The repair of my touch pad and the renewal of the battery I skirt by plugging in a mouse and I only draw power from my car batteries. My camera desperately needs a new memory card and my video mask works only by chance. A GoPro seems to be the only solution.
Also, if I would charge for subscriptions that would force me to turn out a regular number of editions. And as you will have noticed, sometimes I don't write for months and sometimes I produce three Dolphin Addresses in a week.
As a sculptor I hardly ever worked on assignment, which carries the risk of no sale. I work poorly under pressure, need my freedom to get inspired, but then I usually am unstoppable and go to the very end of my ability.
So how now. To keep my freedom and the use of the indispensable tools. Then it occurred to me that if I can create an income from the spin-off of Dolphin Address, I might get out of the woods.
So I created an account at Saatchi, http://www.saatchionline.com/cachelot , where you can find 15 photos at the moment, one at Behance, http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Anatomy-of-a-Wave/2425428 , 13 photos and one at Pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/dolphinaddress/waves/, 12 photos. I charge €450 for each of them. But to accommodate the less fortunate, a second one will be free of charge. So if this applies to you, you can strike any kind of deal with a buyer. Like you even can also buy the two, not necessarily same , photos yourself and sell them at your own profit.
Among the photos at Saatchi and Behance there are several the same. I intend to expand the choice considerably. Also I'm going to make my sculptures available on afore mentioned art sites. You can have a preview of them in Dolphin Address 4, 5 and 6 of this year, 2013. My whales can be found on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dolphinaddress/whale-sculptures-in-wood/
My 'Nature in Wood' sculptures can be found on:http://www.pinterest.com/dolphinaddress/nature-in-wood/
Moreover, a sea of waves on: http://1x.com/member/cachelot
Plus a collection of dolphin photos: http://1x.com/member/cachelot
Update: From November 1st you can browse the Dolphin Address Web shop. There is a choice of Dusty photo's on line. Moreover, for €10 a year you'll get an alert each time a new Dolphin Address comes online. Coming soon are photo's of Waves and actual Sculptures in Wood.
Finally I want to make a selection from the 352 editions of Dolphin Address that are now on the website, illustrated with photos, videos and other articles, like for instance 'The WaterWing Museum, like a 'Best of', and publish them as an E-book.
I hope all these activities will lead to a fair sharing in costs to run the website and contribute to more and better tools to be able to continue it.