Monthly Archives: September 2011

Towards the end of summer

How do you know when it is time to push through just a little bit longer or to face facts and say this isn’t working? Where’s the line separating determination, knowing what you want and faith in your own ability from plain stupidity? If you know, let me know cause I sure as hell don’t know anymore.

I have got emails to editors, submissions to magazines, introductions letters, entries to competitions, tweets, likes.. you name it, coming out of my ears. I do get published, and I do have work coming in, but I am still not making a well enough living.
Non of the online magazines I have submitted work to, pay for the content you provide. Yes, it’s cool to be published but I also like to get paid. And yes, it is my choice to enter my work in the first place. The thing is, that I feel that something is wrong in this whole set up. To illustrate my point, consider the following.
I personally believe that in order to create a high quality and healthy online culture business, magazines should pay  journalists and photographers for the work they do, and magazines should be paid via subscriptions and through selling ads.
Yet, I just came across an online photography magazine that charges photographers $35 to submit their work to that magazine. Wait a sec.. you are charging me to provide you with free content for your magazine? That is wrong. Isn’t that kind of like biting the hand that feeds you? OK, fair enough, the one that feeds you are the readers buying your magazines and the money you make from the ads on the site, but you can not charge the one who provides you with content. And you do not pay them in return when you do publish their work. Boo..
To be continued.. I need coffee.
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Itch

I submitted work to South Africa’s online art magazine, Itch, just a few weeks before I went on holiday. They issued a call for work for there upcoming Infinity issue and I figured my Leon Visser image would work well. Apparently they liked it:)

You can view the page here: http://itch.co.za/?article=631

Coucou

I just got back from a lovely holiday in the south of France, in the Luberon to be exact. We stayed in a tiny village called Cadenet and it was great. All I did was read books, eat, drink wine and take some pictured. I think this was the first holiday ever that I didn’t take any portraits whatsoever.

I will get back to this blog once I’ve unpacked:)