A Mesmerizing Opportunity
By Stephen Bucaro
Lately I have been burning up my dial-up Internet connection downloading photographs from
the U.S. Geological Survey's "Our Earth as Art" website
The photographs were taken by NASA's Landstat satellite. I can't help myself. The images are
mesmerizing. They are actually incredibly stunning abstract art created by nature, basically
the earth itself.
Through the recession, I have watched many stores at the shopping malls close up, while the
picture stores stay in business. People get tired of looking at the same old pictures on
their walls and want to replace them every so often, and these Landstat photographs make
good replacements. They are simply stunning abstract art.
If you're looking for a product for a business, you can purchase 26 x 27 inch prints of
these photographs for $75.00, frame them and sell them for $180.00. Frames the size needed
for these prints aren't cheap. If you are good working with your hands, you could could
increase your profit margin by making your own frames.
I own several books about how to make picture frames. This is the best one. It provides
step-by-step instructions on how to use a miter box and clamps, how to use brads and glue,
and how to combine different profiles of moldings to make beautiful professional looking frames.
Actually, making frames by itself is a good business idea.
The U.S. Geological Survey's "Our Earth as Art" website lets you download the images in .tiff
format. Since the photographs were taken by an agency of the U.S. Government, they belong to
the U.S. taxpayer. If you invest in a large format printer, you might further increase your
profit margin by printing the images yourself.
Actually, many people make money in the large format printing business alone.
This is an interesting business idea that lets you profit by adding value to something you
get for free. People are always looking for something new to decorate their walls, and these
Landstat photographs are simply stunning.