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Knock! Knock! …It’s Serendipity

Friday, August 27th, 2010
Maria Braun-Perez strikes an informal pose following an exhibit opening at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana.

Kicking Back After an Exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of Serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.

As summer rounds out and I think to the past year, I realize how the little, unexpected events have grown full bloom over time. I am sitting at my desk and the phone rings. A familiar conversation begins to take place and one that has been circulating since February of 2009. Perhaps the outcome of what may be called ‘phone tag’ will now produce substantial results in the months to come.

This weekend on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 9 am (CST) I am to meet with Patrick Ross, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance. I have been watching the state-to-state video updates on the Copyright Alliance ‘Creators Across America’ web page and imagining what my contribution will be on the topic of creative licensing and protection.

I thought I would be prepared for this moment since I have had exactly 1 month to align my thoughts and envision my responses. But I am no more ready than I was when I first received the request for an interview on July 26, 2010. However, the anticipation of the moment exists and I hope to inform and entertain by simply being myself.

I have spent several days contacting corporations by phone and email correspondence while working on a website page for an upcoming launch. I have searched corporate websites for media and press information, called marketing personnel, spoke to legal departments and customer service in order to obtain permission for the use and display of each company’s logo.

Some requests were met with uncertainty of who to contact, some issued corporate release forms, and others complied with a quick response and return rate. To my surprise, a select few did not return a reply at all.

I have to admit, I enjoyed obtaining the artwork and the responsibility of properly displaying each graphic element according to the corporate standards manual provided by the supplier. There is something special about acquiring copyright material and the trust, in turn, that I as a designer will retain the integrity of the design. After all, you don’t turn a logo over to just anybody.

The explosion of distribution over the Internet has significantly expanded the way in which information is obtained and shared. Images, video and audio can be obtained through websites, blogs, e-zines, video cameras, cell phones and emails. Many of these examples are 3-way communication devices that allow you to receive, capture and send to the masses.

Creators are expected to share if they are to circulate in the loop of communication. Today’s technology amplifies the importance of copyright protection and the realization that the Web is not a free zone of access to intellectual property. The question is how do we as creators control it?

On Friday, September 25, 2009 I responded to a request from the Copyright Alliance requesting my participation by signature on a Petition Letter to Obama and Biden encouraging the advancement of policies in recognition of copyrights and protection in the digital age. I am signature #6448.

Yesterday I responded to a delightful request to acquire my image “Clothesline” for a blog after viewing it through a Google search for “clothesline” images. Kudos to Julia Phillips for contacting me regarding her blog Do Small Things.

The image in particular is one of a series of photo montage creations depicting family through photos, postcards, letters and other artifacts from my youth and family history. It is essentially an archive of ancestry and imagination. A series that developed over the summer of 2000 and required hours of learning, experimentation and repetitive labor during the creative process.

This series of photo montage images has brought recognition, an award, continued exhibiting and, now, an upcoming interview and small place in history as a representative of creators worldwide. I am both honored and awestruck at the turn of events that have played out this year.

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