when you have the power, how do you use it?

posted on 27th of may, 2009

© Dauf (Help)
Yesterday I talked about a bit of microstock and Dreamstime history.
Today I'll continue with something a little more individual: the power of one.
History is full of important, powerful people, from Cesar and Genghis Khan to Roosevelt, Hitler and Obama.
All powerful personalities, no matter the century they lived in, had decisions to take and choices to make. Some chose to kill all in their way to achieve their goal, some chose to unite through peace, others were plain crazy, but nonetheless they were powerful.
I don't believe that there is a person amongst us who never thought, "what would I do if I had that kind of power?". There are movies on a simple man being president or even God for a day, there are songs on the same theme, power.
But what I am aiming to talk about is another type of power, that comes from within and has nothing to do with how many minions you have or how many people work for you.
I am sure that most of you know this short movie, which is maybe the most representative for the concept.
Like this man, we all have the power to change things, not necessarily on a world scale, but in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
In microstock we have the power to deliver images. No agency, no, matter how strong would survive without contributors. As photographers and illustrators each of you has the special talent to create and each creation gives you more power, to earn more royalties, to be better known, to win contests, to change someone's day and bring a smile on their faces.
I've seen images from contributors portfolios used to advertise face creams, holidays in the sun, fitness gyms, small enterprises, and this is just a small list of places where your work is being used.
Other people buy an image simply to hang it on their wall or to use it as desktop, others make book and CD covers. Each usage means that your creations have touched someone else's life, you've been understood and your work is in demand.
There are contributors on this site who started out with a pretty friend and a compact camera and now they are a brand, a business. These people had just as much chance as any of you, no special treatment was offered to them and they had the same opportunities.
The power to be better is yours and if you will ever be rich and famous don't forget to use that to help those who were less fortunate.

Comments (6)

Comment by Petroruth on May 29, 2009

This is a very well written and inspiring article thank you for writing that it is very powerful some would say. I hope your message is read by many. Peter

Comment by Diver721 on May 28, 2009

WOW nicely said. I like your article, we all have some great power to create.

Comment by Creativei on May 28, 2009

Very nice blog, keep such things coming up

Comment by Alexhor on May 28, 2009

Very encouraging when it comes from admin. I like how you put positive thinking in words.

Comment by Littlemacproductions on May 27, 2009

DT is a perfect example of how 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts'. Each contributor no matter the size of the portfolio creates value for DT (and themselves).

As a result many benefit.. the buyer, the contributor, the end viewer, the employees and on and on. That IS powerful!

PS: Loved Lawnmower Man!

Comment by Mani33 on May 27, 2009

Yesss we have the power!
If you put your words in question...

Speaking about power have you seen the movie lawnmower man! with Jeff Fahey, if you didn't try to see it.

Cheers :)

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Senior Editor/Admin and Social Media Wizard at Dreamstime. I have enjoyed photography ever since my father first introduced me in the world of arts as a child. Although I have not chosen a career as a photographer I happened to come across a job here, at your favorite microstock site, in 2005. That is when things took a 180 degrees turn and photography took its well deserved place in my life. I have seen hundreds if not thousands of photographers grow and mature into their portfolios and that is an experience I would never trade. I would encourage anyone to follow their hearts and read a l... [Read more]

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