Anyone that has made or "created" anything understands the feeling you get when you see your work "in the wild". What I mean is that it's one thing to find something interesting, take a picture of it, clean it up in "post production" and put it out there for public consumption. It's a completely different thing to SEE it being used somewhere, to sell a photo...for someone else to see the beauty or value in the work you have done...enough to actually pay money for it and use it in THEIR work.
That's a feeling that I hope I never get used to.
As far as I can remember, this is the first shot I ever found "in the wild". When I saw it I couldn't hardly believe what I was seeing...someone bought and used one of my photos! The photo is The Boy's School at Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC. I still love it, the colors are amazing, the coral wall, forest green shutters and the blue sky reflected in the window make this shot pop.
This photo was taken just weeks after I got my first DSLR and it boosted my confidence in a big way...
I sell quite a few pictures on stock sites and that's great (I'll explain in a later post why I use stock sites so much...there's a good reason), but one of the problems with selling photos this way is that most of the time I have no idea how they are being used. I've learned a few tricks to find the one's that make it online, but the one's I find are a fraction of those I actually sell.
It's amazing to find all the different ways others use my work and even better when it hits a bigger audience. By far, the biggest I have found...so far...is this one from the Huffington Post (see the article here). It's a shot I took while we were in Mississippi for our family reunion.
It's way out in the middle of nowhere at a state park...the nearest Starbucks was about 40 minutes away in Oxford at the Ole Miss library. We were there a day early so the first morning, Sharon and I took a little trip to get her some coffee. I took advantage of about an hour and a half to walk around campus and take pictures...to this day I wish I had taken more. I was so concerned that the light was to harsh that I took less pictures...now I know that I can work with that kind of light.
If you think that you see something of mine "in the wild", be sure to let me know!