Whenever you get the chance, display your photographs. Anywhere and everywhere. In galleries and exhibits. In your home and your office. On social media.
Listen to this:
A few years ago, Cindy Dyer, who specializes in botanical images, had an exhibit of 88 photographs at one of her favorite places to photograph, Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. During the course of the exhibit her images were seen by a woman whose husband was an art director for the United States Postal Service. At that time he was looking for specific images to license for postage stamps. His wife mentioned Cindy’s images to him and…well, you see where this is going.
After much picking and choosing, rejecting and selecting and even the taking of additional images, five of Cindy’s photographs of varieties of ferns were chosen, and each one became a First Class Forever stamp.
Recently, four of Cindy’s images of water lilies joined them. These stamps, however, were not printed in the post office’s usual run of 20 to 40 million; rather, half a billion of the water lilies were printed, an unusual total for stamps other than those issued for holidays. “Flowers sell well,” Cindy says of the post office’s expectation of high demand for her colorful quartet.
Not only is the print run unusual, so is getting anything onto a postage stamp. Cindy tells us that of the 40,000 stamp subject suggestions that come into the Postal Service each year, only about 20 make it onto stamps.
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