Originally Posted by nick mulder
when i said "im not that kinda guy" I mean im not the sort of person that has upstanding members of the community he can call upon for referalls to chemical supply companies, I hang with muso's and artists not judges and doctors, I didnt mean i wasnt up to jumping through a few hoops and certainly wasnt expecting them to make an exception for me as you said I was.
I sent them a polite email explaining who i was, the chems I wanted, and exactly what i was going to do with them and they just sent me an email back essientially saying youll get nothing till you have been thoroughly checked out. Im not completely stupid so as to approach a chem supply company with anything approaching attitude, give me a little credit please dude, Im not a total fuckwit.
regarding cost, Im not a photographer, Im a sculptor who wants to do contact prints on silk and cotton, make a frame and animate them in real time using strobes, Im a student so i dont have the budget of a professional photographer living in melbs such as yourself, Im sorry. Thats why money is an issue for me. Primarily I recycle all my materials from commercial skip bins for my sculpture. But its not something you can do with chemicals, which is why i came here to seek advice from real life actual photograpers, not to be patronised.
and i was merely enquiring as to wether you knew what the situation was with sending chems through the post, i certainly wasnt being so presumptuous as to ask you to help send me anything, what with moving from one house "without a letterbox" to another you "dont know yet" you clearly you have alot going on in your glamourous photographers lifestyle.
I've never been paid to take a stills photo and the 'glamour' of Melbourne certainly isn't why I'm here.
I suggested it maybe your approach, which is the issue I had to begin with... I too was a student doing pretty much the same sort of carry on and getting the same kind of response, it was when I approached them instead with a professional front that I got results. I found that when it comes to chemical supply companies it's easier for them to fob off students, they do quite well without them.
Didn't mean to sound like I was on a high horse or anything, I'm just busy - that being said, I think you should stop writing emails and posting here and next time you're up in AK head over to Ajax with your shopping list and a personalized variation of pleasant expectation... Maybe then we'll all be patronized and you'll discover as you suggest, they are just lovely.
"I've never been paid to take a stills photo and the 'glamour' of Melbourne certainly isn't why I'm here."
please replace the batteries in your sarcasm detector, yours clearly arent working nick...
"I think you should stop writing emails and posting here"
well yes after coming across people like you i certainly see no point in coming back here at all for any information whatsoever.
Im sure there are many people in the forum who arent utter
c*ntwaffles, but if its people such as yourself I have to deal with when i ask an honest and simple question, clearly i would be better off going to see the chemical companies by myself unaided.
Thanks for making that clear if nothing else.
having said that i fully intend to keep on with photography:
as a 'hobby',and one I intend to keep as inexpensive as possible,
its easier that way being a full time multimedia art practitioner.
Unfortunately more money doesnt necessarily make better art.
you could do well to think about that.
Was that a high-horse or cock-horse you're riding there?
thanks once more for your very helpful and insightful comments nick
having had a bit of time to reflect I'll say its not everyday I get called cuntwaffles, and its stuck with me - you're an inspiration - in that a colleague here has decided to call me that from now on (he was tending towards a similar term anyhow)
Back on topic:
Why not get the other students, musos and artists and form a kind of co-op - basically pool your resources and get a better bang for your bohemian buck - have a look here:
This also solves the issue in that you'll no longer be the individual you seem to be having problems with.
uh thanks nick,
Im glad youre being called a cuntwaffle on a regular basis by a colleague, you must be just as likeable in real life as you are here. You do realise its just a 'friendly' way of calling someone a total fucktard, you might want to check those batteries again...
As for "bohemian buck" thats just the kind of reductive patronising attitude that got us here in the first place. You might want to work on that, as a "professional photographer" you work with people, yet you seem to have so few interpersonal people skills.
meanwhile back in reality....
BACK ON TOPIC:
Many thanks to all the others that offered a veritable weath of tips and advice.
I havent been able to source the chems in NZ without avoiding an elaborate approval process.
But talking to mike at artcraft photographic chemicals in america, he has given me a good price and assured me they will get through customs etc. They also accept international money orders, for those of us who dont have credit cards, available from your local bank.
ill make a final post and provide links when/if it all gets here and is hunky dory.
good luck to all those who come after me.
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about getting cyanotype chems in nz
Oh for gawds sake quit the melodrama will ya - it will be hunky dory ...
Artcraft, Bostick & Sullivan, Photo Formulary, B&H, Adorama, Megaperls Workshop, Silverprint UK, Robert White UK, Fotoimpex have all delivered fine to NZ - watch out for customs charges - I forget the exact amount but anything over around $200 will attract duty.
There is always Ajax Finechem in Auckland also - YMMV