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YouTube 'Update' ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:34 AM, August 14, 2011 [Permalink]

I had an email (and a nice order!) this evening from a new fan of my work. Among other things, he mentioned that he had learned about my work by seeing a YouTube video.

I assumed that he meant that he had been watching something on my own (very small-scale) YouTube 'channel', but this turned out not to be the case. He sent me the link to the one he had watched - and it turned out to be a program from Japanese TV from nearly ten years ago, which somebody has excavated and uploaded:

Now this program is already on the web, on my own 'Woodblock Shimbun' website, but YouTube obviously attracts a lot more attention than woodblock.com! The program has been on the YouTube site for just around nine months, and has attracted over 27,000 views (so far).

Not quite in the league of popular cat videos, of course, with their multi-million views after only a few days, but I'll take whatever I can get!

But boy, it's painful listening to my bad pronunciation from those days ... (Yeah, like it's any better now!)


Following comment posted by: Barbara Mason on August 15, 2011 3:32 AM

You need to load your current stuff onto yutube if it will get you more collectors....you can have a link to your site on there, do it right away...sales are waiting!

Following comment posted by: Dave on August 15, 2011 7:12 AM

Barbara, I do have current stuff on my YouTube channel (linked above). But I haven't put the older TV shows up there because I have no 'right' to (copyrights, etc.). But as this one has been left alone, it seems that the TV companies perhaps don't care so much about the older stuff, so when I get a bit of time, I'll try uploading some of the ones that I have here on tape ...

Following comment posted by: Julio Rodriguez on September 1, 2011 6:18 AM

Hi Dave, at about 5:50 into the video what are the old printers talking about ? and then again near the end you are holding a folder or box(?) what are you saying ?


Following comment posted by: Dave on September 1, 2011 9:31 AM

The printer is Mitamura-san (gone now, of course), and he is just making a general polite comment. "Nicely made .... you know, we too can do work like this of course, but it's good to have Bull doing it ..."

As for the final scene, I was idly thinking forward to '100 years in the future'. Somebody finds one of my prints, blows off the dust, and thinks to himself, 'This is beautifully carved! Who made this?' This is a kind of dream of mine ...

Something like that, anyway ...

Following comment posted by: Julio Rodriguez on September 2, 2011 2:10 AM

100 years from now we will all be gone but the prints will remain, you have accomplished quite a bit and you have always taken care of using the best materials, the best paper, etc so for sure the scene you describe WILL happen....your great-grand kids then in their 70's will be very proud of printmaker Dave....speaking of...have you ever thought of leaving a complete set of your prints for your kids & now grandkids, some sort of legacy to pass down to future generations...

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