October 26, 2003

Buy Jobe!

I've been bad. Very bad. I feel really guilty even though everyone says I shouldn't.

So over the course of the 8 years or so I've worked (part-time) at Job #3, I've managed to resist the urge to blow my cash on stuff.

I finally caved and bought stuff today. I am amazed I held out as long as I did. A few months ago, I saw the work of a certain photographer, and I wanted it.

What did I do? I bought 2 prints by Jobe Benjamin.

I've been debating for a week (since I was here at Job #3 last Sunday and got a glimpse of a few pieces that Jobe had brought by to be sold)...

Here are the two from last week (not the ones that I bought)...

Comfort Zone, by Jobe Benjamin
Comfort Zone (PHOTOGRAPH BY BENJAMIN Pigmented inkjet print and photograph: "Comfort Zone" by Jobe Benjamin (American, b. 1956), points of color playing over the back torso of a nude woman, 22 1/2" x 15", signed lower right; unframed. Est $600-800)

Americanization, by Jobe Benjamin
Americanization (PHOTOGRAPH BY BENJAMIN Pigmented inkjet print and photograph: "Americanization" by Jobe Benjamin (American, b. 1956), red and blue striations on a nude woman arched across the seat of a chair, 15" x 22", signed lower right; unframed. Est $1000-1500)

Do you want to see the ones I bought?

Red Stripe, by Jobe Benjamin
Red Stripe (Description: Original color-enhanced photograph, "Red Stripe" by Jobe Benjamin (American, senior photographer Getty Research Institute), artist's proof, initialed lower right; 15" x 22 1/2". Est $1000-1500)

Blue Stripe, by Jobe Benjamin
Blue Stripe (Description: Original color-enhanced photograph, "Blue Stripe" by Jobe Benjamin (American, senior photographer Getty Research Institute), artist's proof, initialed lower right; 15" x 22 1/2". Est $1000-1500)

Everyone keeps telling me that I really shouldn't feel guilty. I work REALLY hard and never buy anything for myself. I guess I just feel like I shouldn't be spending my hard-earned money on something as "impractical" as art...

Oh well, too late now. Once I get over the guilt & once I spend more money to get them framed so I can hang them up, I think I will start enjoying them...

The good news is, Jobe will be coming by in December & I'll get to meet him. I'm excited about that...

... Right now I'm in shock (and just finished working the auction, so I can pay for the dang things!)

Posted by jozjozjoz at October 26, 2003 04:58 PM


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Those prints are amazing. Good for you for spending some money on yourself.

Posted by: annie at October 26, 2003 06:30 PM

Congrats! Good art is not only a postive financial investment, but a postive emotional investment as well. You did good! Rock on sister.

Posted by: MJ at October 26, 2003 07:55 PM

Joz you hit the nail on the head. You work hard. You deserve to be nice to yourself and buy something you like. Those prints are pretty dang amazing and everytime you look at them you'll remember how hard you worked for them and appreciate them even more.

Posted by: Shannon at October 26, 2003 07:59 PM

Wow Joz, those are GORGEOUS. No guilt for spending there, please. Good investment!

Posted by: Sassy at October 26, 2003 08:19 PM

Buy Jobe I think she's got it!
Okay, SOMEONE had to say it...

Shut up. I'm sick.

Posted by: Mike at October 26, 2003 08:25 PM

They are awesome! You should never feel guilty about indulging once in a blue moon..especially for something like art. My husband and I splurged a few years ago on some photographers that had displays at our local Arts Festival and haven't ever once regretted it. Supporting the Arts is an especially wonderful thing in my mind. Just my two cents! LOL

Posted by: Ann at October 27, 2003 08:45 AM

I love the prints. Might have to do the same thing and splurge on some myself. They are amazing!

Posted by: Ri at October 27, 2003 11:39 AM

Wow, those are so awesome hun! My Dad is a photographer so I have learned how to get an appreciate for art like that. those are awesome.

Posted by: Cayenne at October 27, 2003 02:25 PM

Wow... They ARE beautiful!
You have a *good eye* for talent :-)
Spending a lot of money on things like that is not bad at all, these are definitely worth it!

Posted by: Julie at October 27, 2003 06:25 PM

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