There's going to be an outdoor image slideshow using giant projection onto the outside of the Powerhouse Museum's mothership building in Ultimo. See the test projections here. It's going to be big in every way.
I've been selecting images to project during my talk, which are from The Commons on Flickr. All except for four images.
The images I want have to be in high resolution format so that they can make a reasonable showing on the giant screening surface.
As you may know, the custodians of the such iconic photographic images usually licence the images for use at a fee. Sometimes the fee is high, sometimes less so.
Since my speaking fee for this engagement is a big fat zero, I'm going to try to get the images I need for a commensurate sum. Also zero.
The first two images I need are of Roger Fenton's iconic 1855 Crimean War photographs usually known as The Valley of the Shadow of Death. Lots of institutions have a copy of one of his photos, but only one that I know of has both images with cannon balls on and off the road. The photos I'm talking about are shown near the top of Erroll Morris's blog post for the New York Times here.
They are credited to the Harry Ransome Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. So I've sent a begging email to the Curator of Photography for high resolution electronic copies of the two photographs. And I politely requested expeditious consideration due to the time constraints.
The last non-Commons image I need is held by State Records New South Wales, our state archives. It's one of Bennelong Point seen here on Flickr, and here at their Photo Investigator site. And I ain't too proud to beg. I know that State Records NSW is very interested in becoming involved in social media, so I'm quite hopeful they'll help spread the joy. Check out their very fine blog, Archives Outside, including an example of dating a photograph by the length of shadows in the photograph.
Let's see how far the love spreads.
I'm tagging my blog posts on this topic here as #CommonGround.
You can also follow progress on twitter at #CommonGround.
Here's how the image projections are going to look in the forecourt of the Powerhouse Museum:
(Above image used with permission of Paula Bray )