Firstly, it was a nice start to 2017 with a front page cover on the January Dalesman Magazine, and a quick settlement of an image theft (more about that in a while). I have also licenced pictures via my website to the Bradford Review and two other regional magazines, as well as some nice Alamy sales.
My prints have been selling steadily with interest mostly the Monochrome Mill Town images which were featured on the Big Screen in Bradford City centre throughout summer and in the American Trucks series , with these two images proving to be the most popular.
Alamy has continued to sell licences for me with 46 for 2016 published in the UK, Canada, France, Spain and Serbia, with many only being disclosed as 'worldwide', so they could be anywhere. Titles where I've been published in the UK via Alamy have included, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, The Metro, Yorkshire Life, Director Magazine etc etc.
I hope to continue selling editorial during 2017 and must work hard on my keywording, as well as my photography skills (even after 30 years).
I also settled an infringement yesterday of an image that was used in an on-line 'newspaper'. This is probably the last time I will chase an infringement myself as I'm sure the thief just didn't 'get it' when he admitted sourcing the photo himself and offered credit for exposure, plus coffee as payment!
I settled for him buying a regular web use licence via Alamy, BUT, I won't do it again, as so far this year Pixsy have handled most of my infringements and all have been three figure sums, because they won't settle for an infringer buying a normal licence when they have been caught out, and, of course if someone shoplifted from your retail store, the consequence would not be just to pay for the stolen goods, would it?
The shame is that the guy will still think I am an asshole, but, when someone steals his web designs or indeed his own web content (he has a media business) he will also think they are assholes.
Excuse the language, I get angry about copyright theft by commercial enterprises and publishers who really should know better.
Onwards and upward for my photography this year as my personal life has been far from peachy in 2016 and it's unfortunately out of my control.
I can be followed on my Facebook page here, which is where my most recent images are posted. Alamy images are here, and my 'arty' stuff on Pixels is here.
Good luck to all my photographer friends for 2017.