I’d like to wish you all belated greetings for the New Year. It’s been a rather rocky start here in the USA to say the least, but I’m optimistic that better times are ahead, and that by some time later this year, we will be able to resume international travel, gathering in groups, and many other things that we have had to put on hold in 2020.
As I reflect back on 2020, one of the biggest changes for me was not spending a huge chunk of the year far from home on photography projects. A big plus however, was more time with family, and finding photography projects closer to home. One highlight was being able to work with my son and daughter as my crew for a Cornell Lab of Ornithology project filming Loons in Acadia National Park last summer. Our short film is in the works, and I’ll be looking forward to sharing that with you all as soon as it’s available. So in celebration of that, here is a heart-felt greeting from the Laman crew in the field:
WINDOWSIGHT – STREAM ART TO YOUR TV!
Here is something new you might enjoy in this new year. A brand new App called Windowsight allows you to turn your HD TV screen into a place to display art. Think of all the time your screen is just a black rectangle in a prominent place in your home. With the Windowsight app, you can display artworks from TIM LAMAN FINE ART or choose from many other photographers and visual artists. Check them out at www.windowsight.com (or @windowsight on Instagram) and get the app in the app store. You can try it out for free for the first week, and get three months for the price of one with my discount code “TIMLAMAN”.
OUR CONSERVATION PARTNERS THANK YOU
One thing I am happy about for 2020, thanks to many of you who purchased prints from me during my fundraising sales, is that I was able to make charitable donations to support Bird-of-Paradise and Orangutan conservation by our partners in Indonesia.
Birds-of-Paradise Fundraiser: I donated $4XXX to the small Indonesian NGO Papua Konservasi dan Komunitas, which took no overhead, and distributed the aid directly to the families in several villages in West Papua as several rounds of staple food supplies. In this way we were able to provide some direct help families that have been protecting their forest to create an economy around birding tourism, but have been struggling during covid due to the lack of visitors.
Orangutan Fundraiser: I donated $14,861 to Save Wild Orangutans, the proceeds from our very successful holiday print sale thanks to many of you, and to the surprising popularity of the image “Live Streaming, Borneo 2020” (below), which seems to have captured the way people felt about 2020, (or perhaps just filled a need I hadn’t realized was out there for bathroom decor). In any case, the funds went to support the programs of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project focused on safeguarding one of the critical and most significant populations of Bornean Orangutans. To learn more about their activities please visit SaveWildOrangutans.org where you can also learn about how to be an ongoing contributor, which I’d encourage you to do.
So a huge thank you once again to all of you who supported these conservation groups and I hope the prints on your wall will be a pleasant reminder of some good we were able to do during the crazy year of 2020. I will plan to have more print fundraisers later this year, so please keep that in mind and drop us a note any time if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all the best for a healthy, safe, and inspiring year ahead.
PS. We will continue to add new images and galleries to TimLamanFineArt.com throughout the year, so be sure to take a look from time to time and see what’s new. Thanks!