some of the prints for sale
So, here's the first step. Tomorrow I'm flying down to Birmingham, renting a car, stocking up on supplies and extra gas, and heading for my family.
Things I know about: they've been surviving on MRE's the National Guard brought in, and whatever they could scrounge from local groceries, on ice. My aunt has less than $100 cash, my mom less than $50. Nobody's got credit. My aunt's car is gone, my mom's still works, and is running on gas she got from the Guard. They've been forced to decide between using their drinking water to drink, or to shower with. Phones are sporadic, power more so. Most roads are clear, and relatively safe. My mom's armed, so she can take care of herself till we get there (seriously, I've seen her shoot a rattlesnake in half from twenty paces. You think I'm joking.)
I'm going to try my best to update here while I'm away, so you can see what's going on from an insider's perspective, and see the places and people that I'm fighting for. But I don't know how easy it'll be to do. I'll try my best.
Here's one way you can help me help them. I'm authorizing an edition of prints of my work, and all the profits (after small printing costs) are going to help rebuild my family. I'm calling it Operation Eden, after my mom's affectionate name for her lost home. I've selected a range of images, from erotica to fashion to scenics, over forty images in all, available in three sizes (5x7, 8x10, 11x14), priced from $50 to $150. I think there's something in there for everybody. Even grandmas. I always get tons of requests for prints, so here's your chance, and it goes to a good cause at the same time. Normally, prints are editioned based on the number printed, like 25 or 50 or 100. This will be a little different. I'm going to leave the edition open for two weeks, order as many as you're going to order, then I'm closing it. That'll be it for these images, in these sizes. When it's closed I'll post the number sold of each image, and you'll know what your edition is. I never sell prints, so here's your chance to own a piece of Siege, perverts. Feel free to forward the link to your friends, post to blogs, whatever.
Also, some of my
So, I'm off. I'm going to see things that will break my heart. But I'm hoping I'll also see things that will give me hope for the future. With luck, this time next year my mom will be hosting a huge Cajun crawfish boil at her new place, and you'll all be invited.
Stay tuned, and wish us luck...
Update: All the relief efforts for my family can be found here: Operation Eden