So I log into Dreamstime today and am about to drill down into the site when I notice the "Featured Contributor" space had an image similar to one of mine. I click on it and sure enough, it was one of my images! Then I notice the name of the contributor is the same as mine. I click into his portfolio and there are all my images! This guy has stolen all my images and my nickname to boot!
I've sent an email to Support asking how this could happen because there is no way I could ever be the Featured Contributor. Maybe an imposter, but not me!
Seriously, though, I have been humbled by Dreamstime and the community for this special and unique recognition. All I can do is say Thank you!
I really don't consider myself to be a good photographer. I see so much talent with everyone, especially with many on the new Contributors. I think perhaps if I have any edge for competing in a tough business, it comes from working decades for American companies. I'm familiar with marketing and selling so perhaps the experience helps to overcome my lack of photography skills, at least when it comes to stock.
A "past life" has also given me experience in character development, story lines, and visual communication. A successful stock image should communicate a concept, have the right body language, and "pop." Most of my images actually fail in this regard but I strive to improve. Photography is a craft for which there is always a higher level of learning to achieve.
When it comes to the "business" of stock, it pays to be unique. It pays to put a fresh spin on old ideas. And you can have fun being creative by experimenting and trying new ideas.
So, thanks DT for this special honor, but I have to go now. My friends are coming for me. :-)