This morning I asked for a sign… a sign that I was on the right path and that I wasn’t wasting my life pursuing this dream of photography, of art, of something for myself.
I’m not in the habit of asking for signs. Actually I’m more likely to ignore one that jumps up and waves at me. This morning I had just finished reading week three of The Artist’s Way, which was about acting and then receiving the gifts you are given from God, the universe, creativity itself, or whatever you happen to believe in. So I asked…
I turned on the computer and received an e-mail from a friend in Amsterdam. He happened to glance at the credits of the book he was reading and something caught his eye – My Name.
|Thank you to Robert for sending the scan.|
|My picture on the cover…|
So I searched on-line to find the cover of the book and although it’s cropped tightly, it is my image. It was sold from one of the micro-stock sites I’ve been contributing to for the past year. I don’t know which one. And for the thousands of images I’ve sold, I’ve only ever found half a dozen or so, on websites. But this find was big… a book is so much more permanent. I’m in shock.
Last week I had another micro-stock ‘moment.’ Possibly one of those other signs I ignored. I received another e-mail through istock from a film producer in Hollywood. He wanted to use one of my images in a documentary but needed to purchase a license option I hadn’t enabled… would I be interested? Um… yeah!
I know the arguments against micro-stock. I’ve read them all and I debated for a long time before I started selling my images this way. I haven’t been too vocal about my micro victories because I was worried what people would think. That somehow it wasn’t a valid way to sell my images – that I wasn’t a real photographer.
My photos have now been used on websites, on a book cover, in a documentary film and in a travel brochure. These are only the few I’ve stumbled upon.
I’m not posting any of this here to brag or feel self-important. On the contrary, I still worry about what everyone thinks, including me. Putting this out in the world is just another small, tentative step that I’m making to prove to myself that I can do this and that I’m worthy of achieving my dreams.