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A Personal Letter & a Polaroid

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A Personal Letter & a Polaroid

25.00

May I write you a letter? A dirty letter (my favorite), a love letter, a letter full of advice, a letter filled with nonsense. Any letter you desire. Please let me write it. I will write it on the softest paper with my own unsteady hand. Along with your letter, you will also receive a carefully curated polaroid I've taken. This will be your very own, completely original Balthazar polaroid, signed and dated. Curious about what to expect? Check out some responses to my project.

Why would you want a letter from me? Why would you pay for a letter? If you are puzzling over those questions this may not be for you. Most of the work I produce is for a wider audience, but my letters are for an audience of one: you. That's what makes them the favorite thing that I do. The letter and the polaroid are each one-of-a-kind artifacts that can't be reproduced. And they are for you from me. You can also request them for someone else as a gift and I can only imagine (and hope) that it will be one of the most unique gifts they ever receive.

Since these are each original works created just for you they do take some time. Generally they take at least two weeks for me to finish each letter and send it out. If you need something faster please inquire to see if it will be possible.

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Letter Project FAQ

  • Why do you write letters to people? I’ve felt for many years that the letter is my ideal medium. It gives me great joy to write letters. In 2010 I decided that it would be a wonderful experiment to let anyone request a personal letter from me.
  • What do you write about in the letters? Anything and everything. I don’t talk about my boring day, if that’s what you’re worried about. I let each letter requester tell me if they have special “letter needs.” For example, some people want a love letter, or a dirty letter, or a letter to cheer them up. I try my best to give each person the letter they need and desire.
  • What kind of polaroids do you send with the letters? You can see some of the polaroids I’ve sent in letters in my portfolio. Each letter includes an original polaroid instant photograph (not a copy). As to the subject of the polaroid, it is never (or almost never) myself. I take polaroid photos at every opportunity and keep a stack of them to curate for my letters. I try to pick just the right one for each person and it is integrated into the content of the letter. If people request not to receive a dirty polaroid I always accommodate them. Each polaroid is signed, dated, and titled for the letter recipient.