Around two weeks ago, Lee and I made a bet over my image, "Atlas and the Sun." In a limited 50 print run the goal was to sell 49 in ten days and make Lee buy the last one to place above his desk. The photo that I'm referring to, which I've titled "Atlas and the Sun," has been a source of controversy in the Fstoppers' office for a couple years. Lee and Patrick despised the original shoot and have since joked with me, in good fun, about how horrible they think the image is. About a month ago, I received an email from an Fstoppers' reader asking if I would sell him a fine art print of the image. Of course, I couldn't turn down the opportunity to rub it in Lee's face a little bit. To make it interesting, we decided to set up a bet to see how many other photographers would be interested in buying one of these prints.
I placed a 50 print run cap on sales and decided that if 49 sold, which Lee thought impossible, he would personally buy the 50th print and hang it above his desk for one year. Although I'm happy to say the print did receive support from some well respected photographers, unfortunately the sales fell far short of the goal. After 10 days, a total of five prints sold.
As a "gift" to me for my low sale count, Lee printed off his own fine art print to hang over my desk.
To those who did buy a print, thank you for your support and for helping me to sell more fine art prints than Lee ever has in his life. I'll still be able to gloat over him with that. I'll be shipping out your prints in the next few days.
If you didn't meet the bet deadline but still want a print for yourself, there are still 44 available for purchase. I'm going to save that 50th for Lee, just in case.