For Sale: Streetlight Sun

Streetlight Sun


8×10 printed on 8.5×11 (for matting purposes)
Photo Rag (308 gsm) matte finish archival paper
Museum quality, pigment based inks
Un-numbered. Signature upon request.
Price: $40 USD
Domestic purchase only. For now. If enough International interest is secured I’ll look into it. But customs scares me. I’ve never had good luck shipping anything internationally. Ever.

Questions? photos [at] blurbomat [dot] com
I’ll consider custom requests on a case by case basis. I’m relatively easy to work with.
I’m a total newbie with the shopping cart stuff, so forgive me if I have a weird setting or two.

Over the years, I’ve sold prints here and there (thanks readers!), but I’ve wanted to do it in a more organized and serious fashion. The problem has been time and hubris. It takes time to build a site or sub-site that would host the images for sale, the shopping cart and the fulfillment. Sure, there’s Etsy, but I just didn’t want to go through the trouble to set all that up, because I felt that the return wouldn’t justify the effort. It’s not that I don’t think my photos are appealing or have value. It’s that the overhead of running a site and the customer service time along with order fulfillment has put me off doing it. Plus, I was flat out scared. I’m a pretty good art director and designer. I’m not ashamed to take money for those pursuits. Photography is another beast. I’m not a museum snob. I didn’t graduate from a photography program. In my own head, I’m a hack. But so many of you keep asking. And I could go super high end and charge hundreds of dollars.

A few months ago, I got a request from Ms. Sarah Brown for a file to make a print on her own. Because I wanted a nice print for myself of the photo she requested, I asked her if she’d be willing to pay extra for a sweet print that was signed. She agreed and I liked the results so much that it spurred me to offer this to the general public.

After much research, hemming, hawing and being flummoxed I found a great printer, a great paper and did some more research. And more of what the Mrs. likes to call “lollygagging”. Let’s be clear, the Mrs. is wrong. It’s called indecisiveness. And a desire for perfection.

The print SHOULD be matted. I learned in my months of research (thanks Marshall!) that over time, inks can stick to glass, so a mat is necessary on this print. Because I’m not a decorator, I’ll recommend a white mat with a black frame. But that’s me. Once you buy one of these prints, all those decisions are yours to make.

The print will not rub your feet or your head. It will not tell you that you are a poor little bunny.

UPDATE: A couple more for sale:
Semi-Nude Flasher
Golden Disney Hall

  • Random And Odd

    Hey Jon,
    I have found that if I am going to purchase something I come here and search to see if you have bought first because your research on stuff is outstanding. I’m learning, slowly, to not go in and say, “THAT ONE, IT’S PRETTY!” and actually research it.
    I also have learned to resist the urge of, “oh look, printer for 30 bucks! SOLD!”
    Would you be willing to share what printer you chose to go with? I run a photography business and use an online printing company ( and just so you don’t ever make the same mistake I did, DO NOT USE PICTAGE! ) but I would like to print personal pictures at home for my brides and grooms as a bonus for them.
    Our printers, to say the least are sub-par….no, they suck.

  • Dylan

    Very nice! What printer and paper did you select?

  • Laura

    The fact that you didnt go to photography school makes your photos that much more interesting.

  • Cathy

    Prints should be matted? How cool. I learned something new here today (happens often, you know). I tend to mat all our photos for the look of it, but didn’t know it was a good idea for other reasons as well.

  • Chiquita

    Just a word, you don’t actually have to have a mat to frame the picture; yes, it sticks to the glass, BUT, they have these handy little inserts that framers slip under between the picture and the glass right under the frame, out of sight. It keeps the glass off the picture.

    In fact, if anyone’s interested in framing options, I recommend a heavy, ornate black frame for the more colorful, modern pictures, no mat at all–museum mount the pictures (in case something happens to you, Jon, your stuff’d be worth NOT having it glued to the mount) and ask for the inserts (dammit, I forgot what they’re called) to hold the glass off the picture. Also, make sure to get Plexiglass–it’s lighter.

  • bre

    so the 8 ‘floating’ frames i have on my wall with my photos in them wasn’t a good idea?
    but they look so good…

  • alina

    Would you like to know why they stick to the glass? Would you? Because I TOTALLY KNOW! It’s not just the inks, I’m sure you’ve seen old photos that have somehow become part of the glass as well. It’s because glass is technically not a solid, it’s a liquid and it’s v e r y s l o w l y sliding down, which is why old windows get all rippled.

    So if you place a photograph or printed piece next to the glass, the glass and the piece will soon become part of each other.

    Science is fun!

  • Chiquita

    And now that I can’t stop talking about framing, a couple other things that are fun: not only can you get a glareless glass, you can get UV glass, which prevents the sun from destroying your print if you’re apt to placing pictures in sunlight (BAD!), and even museum-quality glass that has a low glare AND minimal waviness to make it appear as if there’s no glass at all protecting the picture–plus it protects the image from fading over time. It’s the Superman of glass.

    And when it comes to framing pricing, you’ll get more options at a bigger framing chain (if you have Aarons Bros), but you’ll get better quality if you go to a smaller frame shop–not to mention the smaller frame shops are more likely to cut you a deal.

    So! Hope everyone who buys this has fun placing it on their walls!

  • Angella

    I totally relate to this! Except I am on a far smaller scale than you are :)

    My readers kept telling me to sell photos on Etsy, and I did/do, but now only when they request a certain photo I have posted. It’s a bit of a pain in the arse, but it’s not like I choose which ones to list, etc. They just ask me to list the ones they like, and I get them printed.

    Thanks for the info on the matting (and other photo stuff) too. I’m glad I added you to my Reader :)

  • Lolo

    Look at you being all business-y and stuff. Hey, I’d also love your input on the printer, and why you chose pigment-based ink. I just bought a printer and not so happy. I do a lot of custom stationery work (sometimes including photos), but have yet to find an adequate color printer which produces crisp type with spectacular pms-matching capability. And you thought you were only going to sell your work. Best.

  • Kate

    Regarding international shipping – I live in Germany, I would love to buy a print but you are right, customs are a bitch here. I usually have my family in the US write “gift” and next to no value on the parcels they send me, Postage from the US to Europe seems pretty high, too (my mother recently sent me a few Aveeno bars and lotion and payed 35 dollars).
    Greetings from Cologne, where I am drinking a fine “Hefeweizen” beer while viewing your site.

  • Jamie

    That’s a really lovely image, Jon.

    Have you or anyone else here used the company Frames By Mail (dot com) to order assembly-required custom mats and frames? Their selection is big and their prices are really good. They even have a nice little app on their site that lets you specify everything down to non-glare plexi with a running total price. Anyone familiar with these folks?

  • Julia

    Who is doing the printing?

    (Light Impressions has decent frames, glass, etc)

  • alyson

    I’m sitting here thinking how rich you could be if the print WOULD rub my head and my feet and call me a poor little bunny. (well, not me specific, because I’m cheap and have a husband for that…but there’s definitely someone out there with too much money and not enough to spend it on who would happily set you up for life..) I’d work on the special features :-)

    They are really visually interesting pictures without the special features…but, wow, they could totally send it over the top.

  • workroom

    well, lolligagger is so better than being a donkeybelly

    i hope the “poor littal bunny” refers to Man Stroke Woman’s “man cold”
    cos that rulz

    : )

    “for god’s sake woman, he’s a man, he’s got a MAN’s cold…”

  • Caroline

    Seconding (or is it thirding? or fourthing?) the question about your printer.

    It would just be incredibly great to know what you decided to go with. Make no mistake about it, I’ve been doing research of my own (currently researching the Epson R1900 as a matter of fact).

    But please…share?

  • Leah

    That’s a beautiful image, alas, I am in Canada.

  • Polly

    much much much success. once the lingering effects of the writer’s strike and impending actor’s strike are over – i will return with treasure to exchange for cool photos. at that time i would like to purchase the one of the grilled penises just simply for the look on my husband’s face when i hang it over my desk. just kidding. sort of. cuz you’d be willing to print that one, right?

  • Daniella

    Does Budapest, Hungary count as ‘international’?

  • Sarah Brown

    Everyone who walks into my apartment comments on this photo.

    I should mat it.

  • Magenta

    Jon, what type of printer did you decide on? Your work is exciting and inspiring and I follow your camera/lens purchases to gauge how I’m doing on my end. It would be great to know what you’ve decided as I’m about to take a fine art digital printing workshop at the ICP in NY and ultimately need to decide on a purchase of my own.

    ps – When you do get back to NY you might want to check out the International Center of Photography (in midtown which you love) – they have excellent workshops that many people schedule to coincide with their vacations.

  • filmgoerjuan

    Congratulations on starting to sell your stuff!

    I wouldn’t worry too much about international customs, though. You can just set a policy: purchasers are responsible for any customs and duties assessed, you declare all items at the purchase price, etc. Then it’s up to people to decide whether or not it’s worth the potential costs/hassle. Of course, there’s a bit of paperwork for you to fill out when you’re mailing items out of the country; however, once you’ve found out the requirements from the post office, it’s not excessively complicated.

    From the US to Canada, items $30 or so don’t hit the “worth the hassle of doing the paperwork” for the customs people (at least that’s been my experience). Even then, original artwork is exempt from customs and duties (as are pretty well all made in the US items — one of the nice things about Free Trade), at most people here in Canada would pay provincial and federal sales tax, plus a $5 service charge from Canada Post for processing the customs clearance. It’s only if items were shipped via UPS Ground that customs clearance across the border gets crazy expensive.

    In any event, congratulations once again. And good luck with the sales!

  • Amy

    Ha! I’ve been starting to think about setting up shop, too. Specs on the hardware, please!

  • Julia

    wait– are you printing these at home? I’d suggest sending them out

  • P

    Jon, if you ever decide to send out for prints, you might try MPIX. I learned about them at a recent Photoshop World. Flat out beautiful prints, fast and relatively inexpensive. In fact I have some hanging in a small local museum show as we speak. Might ask for their paper spec swatches if they’ll mail them out? Haven’t quite personally figured out how to use their metallic paper, but it flat out pops!

    The only caveat is you can’t mix b&w and color within a single order. THAT I learned the hard way. Best of luck with your new venture.

  • Zinzy Geene

    Oh my GOD, Jon!
    This picture is the embodiment of brilliance.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    That’s lovely. But I will say that Etsy is really easy, FWIW.