When I first started in micro stock , I received a really nice encouraging email from someone who was a well established best seller. He told me he reviewed one of my images and from there, he keeps checking in to my portfolio just to see how I was progressing as a contributor.
He said he was brought up in the city I was at that time based in,
and just felt nostalgic as some of my works had places he spent his childhood days. He also commented on how most of my works at that time were not studio works but mostly what he called "found" images.
He said from the arrangement and lighting of my images, he sensed I knew my "stuff" in lighting , exposure, composition, and seeing images from a different perspective.
It was quite encouraging , especially when his own work was entirely different from mine. He was a specialist in making awesome shots of the polar regions and many of his work were seen everywhere.
From then on, I kept remembering what he said about "found" images, but never spent too much time expecting any of them to get any downloads at all.
But now, after a couple of years in microstock, I see how these found images have appeal. It's even more interesting to note that many of these shots took no special techniques to shoot. Sure, I did a lot of work in commercial photography, gave seminars on view camera usage, darkroom technique, lighting,etc. in my later days of my wide photographic career. And yes, I still use a lot of them in my work outside of stock photography.
But I don't submit any of that sort of images here. Instead I made initially an effort of just submit what I shot during my free time, which was mostly during the weekends when I am not doing my own commercial assignments and paid jobs .
It's really interesting too, how a little bit of imagination can pay off to get the buyers to choose these seemingly everyday images that we all take for granted.
Perharps, that is just it. We all pass over lots of "unimportant" images that are presented to us as we walk down the street,
or cutting through a park,etc.
As I said, it's nothing incredible. My 9 year old nephew starting on his first camera, I bought him a P&S last christmas, could have taken it too.
Well, maybe not the composition, but that will surely come as he learns to use his mind's eye to see past the oridnary, dull, boring aspects of "found" images and try to make it something we forgot to see simply because we have walked by these objects so often we just didn't notice the potential it has as microstock images.
What do you think?
Who would have imagined anyone would have bought them?
Well, someone did.