GivingPictures is a private
philanthropic program of Douglas and Stephanie Hackney. GivingPictures is an adjunct to our
travels in developing countries.
How it Works
The GivingPictures program is very
simple. We travel back into the bush until we find people who have never held a
photo of themselves or their children. We capture their image on our digital
cameras and then print them a photo.
The program was inspired by our trip to
sub-Saharan Africa where we witnessed professional and amateur photographers
take countless photographs of the local people. I thought it completely unfair
that the mode was always take - never give. I was discomforted by the fate of
the photographs, that the professional photographer would sell them and the
amateurs display them, with no compensation of any kind to the African people
featured in the images. I resolved that for the rest of our world travels we
would carry a small portable printer and supplies, even if we were traveling by
motorcycle with very limited storage space, and we would seek to, in some small
way, even out the balance between taking photographs and giving the same.
The photographs produced by our
Canon Selphy CP-730 printer have a rated archival life of about 100
Printing time is about 60
seconds per 4x6 inch (10.2cm x 15.2cm) print.
The equipment requirements for
the GivingPictures program consist of a compact, portable dye
sublimation photo printer, printer supplies and one or more digital
Our current GivingPictures
equipment package includes
Canon Selphy CP-730 printer
Canon CBA CP-100 printer car battery adapter kit (powers the printer with a vehicle's battery)
One or more of our Canon digital cameras listed here
The printers use a dye sublimation process to
produce the prints. The colors are produced by multiple passes of
the printer paper past a thermal printing head while in contact with
the corresponding segment of the CMY (cyan, magenta and yellow)
printer ink ribbons. The print makes a final pass over the print
head to apply a sealing overcoat, which is the last segment of the
four part printer ribbon.
The printer paper and ink ribbons come in a set,
with the ribbons matched to the number of prints in the pack. We try
to buy KP-108IP (100 print) packs whenever
possible as they are most economical. Typical cost for the KP-108IP
pack is ~$25.00 USD plus the cost of shipping to wherever we are in
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