I never thought I would sign up with Flickr or MySpace, now I am on both. After watching other professional photographers like my collegue Michael Hughes (who is also represented by 'laif' photo agency) getting an astounding 520,691 views to date on his Souvenir series, and Michael Poliza's Africa book and his Heli-Africa 2006 series , both viewed way over 10.000 times, I was starting to think, why not ? The lines between professional photographers and amateurs are becoming very blurry anyway these days, and lets face it, if you browse through Flickr, between all the front lawn grill parties and baby showers you discover amazing work done by 'amateurs'. Image buyers and sellers are increasingly checking the sites for talent; even American PDN (Photo District News) printed an article on Flickr in their May 2007 issue. So really, why not ? In my case, besides getting the chance to show images that otherwise might never be seen, I want to promote my book and even if nobody buys it, at least hundreds or potentially thousands of people can view it. That is what I shoot pictures for, for them to be seen. Naturally I also have to make a living. So if you like the images of my book, by all means buy it !! Nothing can compare to flipping through a real photo book, or holding a photograph in your hands. The screen cannot deliver that feeling.
So, here I am on Flickr:
PS: By the way, Michael Hughes will tell you that he got this increadible number of views only after a fortunate publication in a German magazine and then the whole thing went rolling, which in turn means a lot of work, answering tons of mails and comments...to keep it rolling. But one great payoff so far was the publication of some of his images in National Geographic !
Michael Hughes on Flickr :
Michael Poliza on Flickr:
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