OpEd: Donít Fund My Life


Donít fund my life. Really, donít send anything.

Iím a photographer, a businessperson, an artist, an educator and a friend. Many tough things have happened to me over the years, but it has been suggested that I keep the negativity to a minimum. Lots of good things have happened to me as well. Mostly, good things happened because of planning and preparation and a little luck. Bad things have happened because life happens and sometimes we are unlucky.

My car was hit in a road rage incident recently and I need $450 to pay for it after all the insurance is done.

My neck bones are pinching the nerves in my left hand, and between the uncovered copays Iím into that for about $600.

There is this rad lighting stuff that Westcott recently introduced, and Iíd love about $7,600 worth of it.

My photo studio needs AC and heat so that is going to run around 4-8 grand.

Some old shoes need replacing ó really they do, Iím size 10.5 in a regular Merrell last and those shoes arenít cheap, even with all the discount codes I can use at ShoeBuy.com.

Iíve got some phenomenal projects and self-publishing isnít easy or cheap, so thereís a bucket of money to dump onto those publications.

I could hit the lottery or I could ask for nothingÖ nothing at all. If I canít sell more work or more of my professional services, Iíll get another job and work 16 hours a day to make ends meet. Iím not going to beg. If my medical issues were really bad, Iíd seek out the various social services for assistance. If I were married and heading towards financial ruin (oh wait Iíve been there), Iíll just get divorced and file bankruptcy. If I think there is a slight probability Iíll make it (and Iíll always make it even if thatís death), then Iíll crank up the credit card debt for a while.

On the other hand I could use a few buckets of money and as long as Iím able to work (or ask from the government. which I donít doÖ but have done in the distant past when I really needed it), Iíll be able to get along. If Iím still a little short Iíll make sure to stay away from social media to assist me or improve my financial situation.


If you want to openly beg for money from your friends to help you print your photo book, think about it again. Go do your research, as it isnít profitable to anyone. If youíre a couple days behind on the rent then go temp for a couple more days.

For all the financial suffering Iím going through as a small business owner, I have to remember that this is a very small first world problem. I have reliable electricity, potable water and a roof that doesnít leak, so Iím better of than most of my fellow humans.

There are unfortunate people who do need help a lot more than someone creating a random a series of photos of old gas stations along Route 66.

Iíve been seeing far too many people think that social crowdsourcing is a spring of financial solutions that some might drink from again and again and again.

So donít send me anything. Transactions fees will consume the dollar. Note: I had to enter an amount greater than ZERO to continue with a project. Really! Send NOTHING. Iím returning nothing and I still make stuff that you might want. So, friend me on Facebook or LinkedIn or not at all. When I have a show or finally redevelop a website for some artwork Iíll let you know (maybe). I might even invite you to a gallery opening that will not cost you money.

And, if I get really sick, Iíll make as much art as possible and offer it for saleÖ just not on a crowdfunding site.

Thanks for not giving, really.


About the author: David Weaver is a commercial photographer and business/photography teacher based in Central Texas. You can see more of his work and writing (and connect with him) on his website, Facebook, and LinkedIn. He recently started a GoFundMe campaign to share this message and raise no money.

Image credits: Portrait of David Weaver by Lisa Muller

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