Wednesday, May 31, 2006

On being published

It's a funny thing - back in the day to get published there was this whole process of sending people stuff and they'd send you rejection notices (mostly) and it was a big deal if it worked out.

Today there seems to be an awful lot of some editor somewhere realizing they need a picture of X fast and they'll poke around the web and find something that works and they'll contact the photographer and ask if it's OK if they use it. This happens all the time on my personal website (just travel snapshots and so forth, mostly intended for friends and family). Depending on the use I'll either just let them use it (church bulletin) or I'll give them a quote (book cover, travel brochure). In any case I'll usually ask for a copy of whatever it is for my files. So I have a stack of random newspaper articles, books, even a student yearbook where they used a photo of mine for something.

It's not a big deal but it's kind of fun and sometimes there's a little money involved, what's not to like?

Well, the reason I bring this up is that today I received a copy of a Japenese newspaper - it's the US edition and they had some kind of "things to do" blurb (I think) and they used one of my
photos for something up in Seattle. They'd kindly put a post-it note on the right page so I could find it, but it's very, very strange to see this sea of Japanese, a photo I took and "Photo by San Francisco Nudes" under it - pretty much the only thing I could read in the whole paper!

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