Thanks to the reverse image search TinEye, I’ve discovered the original source of the header image currently in use for The Morning Porch — and now I need a new image. I downloaded it originally from a site offering free wallpapers, but what I downloaded and cropped was apparently already a crop of an album cover by a one-man band called Radical Face. Since the musician, Ben Cooper, is also an artist, I’m assuming it’s his work. Here’s a page from his website about the album, with the cover image and two others (as well as a couple of sample tracks — check ’em out).
Even if it were possible to get permission from Mr. Cooper for the use of his image, which I really like, I don’t want to keep using something so thoroughly identified with another creative project. I need a new header! So I thought I’d put out a call: anyone have — or feel like making — something that might work? I thought about trying to run a contest for this, but I’m not sure anyone would actually enter, which would be embarrassing. Let’s face it, The Morning Porch ain’t exactly the big time, even if I do have a whopping 2,269 followers on Twitter.
But if I do choose your art or photo for the header, you’ll get a permanent credit and link at MP, a feature post here… and $50.00, which is all I can afford. The dimensions of the current image are 940px x 198px, but I could go a little thicker or thinner on that. Whatever art or photo I use, it has to look good at a fairly low resolution. The current image is 63KB, which is actually a bit too large. Under 50KB would be best.
Send jpegs or queries to me at my usual email, bontasaurus [at] yahoo [dot] com.
I have swapped in a section of a favorite painting by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Paper Garden (see comments). This is a very satisfying fit because it includes, as Clive puts it, “everything there you might need for a morning break on the porch. A good view with a distant hill and an open sky, the reassurance of friendly neighbours (as that’s Ty Isaf, you can be sure that your ‘Morning Porch’ neighbours are really great to have around) a blackbird’s song for company and a cup of coffee to refresh.”
Clive is not only incredibly generous but a good sport: he swears he won’t be upset if I end up giving him the boot. So if you think you have something even more in the spirit of the blog and the Paul Eluard quote in the header, feel free to send it along. I’m very grateful to everyone who’s offered images so far: Tina Conroy, Gary Boyd, Natalie d’Arbeloff, Patricia Ternahan, Sarah Q. Malone, Rachel at Sungazer Photography, Ann-Marie at ammiblog, and Pete McGregor.