Entries close Sunday 2nd November 2008.
Entries close Sunday 2nd November 2008.
Well deserved recognition was bestowed last week upon Wildlight photographer Mark Lang, when his print of old man Bill Neidjie, a traditional owner, was accepted by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Mark spent three years up in Kakadu National Park working as a park ranger, during that time he befriended and sort the mentorship of the late ‘Big Bill’ Neidjie. During his time in the ‘top end’ Mark recorded conversations and photographed the old man and his land, a trust extended to so few non-indigenous people. Mark is currently writing a book about his experiences with the old man.
Mark’s emotive portrait of ‘Big Bill’ Neidjie was gratefully accepted by the Gallery’s board in charge of new acquisitions. The 20″x16″ seven-colour black and white archival print will hang as part of the NPG’s permanent collection in 2009.
We’re very happy to announce the winner of our Wild about Wildlight competition. Cynthia Wardle from John Wiley & Sons Publishing receives a signed copy of Richard Woldendorp’s new book Abstract Earth. Entrants were asked to write a humorous testimonial of 50 words or less about Wildlight Photo Agency and the Australian way of life. Cynthia won the prize with this brilliant piece of creative copy:
“There’s nothing more Australian than bludging, and Wildlight photographers have the biggest bludge of all: wandering round this vast land taking photos of spectacular scenery. Thankfully, they’re really good at it.”
Congratulations Cynthia! We’re not sure that our photographers will be entering Bludger in the occupation box of their immigration cards anytime soon, but they’re bound to get a good laugh from your kind words.
Visitors to the joint Wildlight/Photo New Zealand booth at the PictureHouse Sydney exhibition this coming Wednesday, 17 September at b2 photographic studio, 46 - 62 Maddox Street, Alexandria from 11.30am-7pm have a chance to win an iconic Rennie Ellis limited edition framed artist proof worth $1,590. Just drop your business card or contact details in the lucky draw bowl and make sure you are registered as a trade user on our website site in your own name ready for the drawing which will be on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 at noon. Winner will be notified by email and details will be posted on our home page.
Elegantly framed in a black box frame using acid free matting, the C Type digital colour photograph print titled Bondi NSW 1997 (signed verso) is an artist proof and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity mounted at the back of the frame.
Find out more about the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and all the limited edition prints available here.
New alliance -Today we can announce that Wildlight will be distributing the Photo New Zealand collection in Australia! The Photo New Zealand (PNZ) collection features real Kiwi people, amazing scenery and enviable model-released lifestyle images, shot by leading Kiwi photographers. PNZ is a niche, premium library, that shares many core attributes with the Wildlight library. So for the best of Australia and New Zealand you can head to Wildlight. We’ll be launching the new partnership at the PictureHouse Sydney event next Wednesday 17, so pay us a visit. I’ll let you know once the Kiwi collection is available through the Wildlight website, in the meantime go here.
Pictures just in - I’m very happy to say that unlike our competitors we have not uploaded 2 million images this month. Instead we’ve uploaded premium Australian imagery by all rounder, Bill Bachman, tourism, lifestyle and housing pictures by Phil Quirk and iconic beach snapshots by Sheridan Nilsson. See the latest uploads here. Next month we’ll have a fantastic retro collection from the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive to coincide with a four month long retrospective of Rennie’s work at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne - so dust off your flares or whip into ‘Vinnies’ for some tight fluro slacks and prepare for a flashback!
PictureHouse - Visit us there….
Wildlight will be an exhibitor at the Picturehouse Australia exhibition in Sydney next week on Wednesday, 17 September. Come see us at b2 photographic studio. Unit B2, 46 - 62 Maddox Street, Alexandria, NSW
Picture buyers can register now for a free admission ticket here.
Picturehouse events offer a unique opportunity to discover new sources of imagery, meet the people you only normally contact by phone and email, and network with peers in the industry — all in one location, all in one day! Hope to see you there. We’ll try to sneak in Ernst, the pug!
Hey, don’t take photos! I’ve only been bailed up like this a couple of times, and admittedly I knew I was in the wrong - I was standing on private property taking pictures. I’ve had a few enquiries from photographers, friends and parents at my son’s school, as to what you can and can’t take pictures of without being arrested or called a ‘rock spider‘ and driven out of town. Over the past 10 years there has been such manic social anxiety and political correctness, mostly misguided, regarding the rights of a photographer and the subject. It’s absurd that there should be such uproar about privacy, just look around at all the cameras hanging from street lights and buildings, heck, even at the cafe at lunch, Jean-Marc and I were being watched. Who looks at all this footage, where is it kept? is it safe? Is it already online?
The good news is, you can photograph anything (except military installations) and anybody you like from a public space - man, woman or child. Of course there are some reasonable exceptions, you can’t photograph in an inappropriate way, or with the intention to be subversive or obscene or use a photo in a defamatory manner. In addition you can’t photograph a person for commercial use without a signed model release. Commercial use means using a person’s image to promote a product or service. No surprise; you can’t photograph on private land without permission. There is especially fierce paranoia over images of children. Two excellent articles have been written, NSW Photo Rights: Australian Street Photography Legal Rights by Andrew Nemeth BSc (Hons) LLB, the second, Photography is not a Crime by Fairfax Media contributing photographer, Jon Reid. I suggest you read them right through. They make fascinating and informative reading and go a long way to correct the misconceptions about taking pictures in public. On Andrew’s site there is also a helpful fact sheet, which summarises the rights of the subject and the photographer. I recommend everyone print it out and keep it in their camera bag, download it here. Remember this info applies to New South Wales in particular. I’ll check if there are similar handy fact sheets for the other Australian states and territories.
So from a picture library point of view, we can publish pictures of anyone on our website. If we don’t have a model release, the pictures must be marked ‘editorial only’ - our customers can then only use them in magazines, newspapers and book publishing, including online versions of these.
So what about photographing in NSW public schools? As a parent with my son in public school, this is particularly interesting. Today, I called the principal of his school and had a long conversation about photographing the students. I could gauge from the conversation that there was a lot of grey areas, and plenty of individual interpretation. The principal is kindly finding out some info from the Department of Education, and I’m going to be talking to a couple of lawyers for their views. This topic needs much more examination, I’ll post my opinion next month. Hopefully next time you go to your child’s school, you can take a camera without being stoned by the town mob! But just remember it’s a sensitive issue.
What turns you on?
We need feedback about incentives, although we’re not going to offer an incentive for your feedback! What incentives would you like to be offered? Do they really motivate you? How many iPods does anyone need? What loyalty does it gain and at who’s expense?
Some of our competitors use mp3 players, department store gift cards, tropical holidays to gain customer loyalty, however for us at Wildlight, these kind of consumer items have nothing to do with the business of licensing pictures. Other competitors also use big discounts, like buy three get the forth free — we have too, in the past, however, I feel it’s a bit crude and only a last resort. So what tickles your fancy? Basic marketing principles suggest that the incentive must have some relevance to our business and the services we provide. Some of our photographers have published high-quality books, like Richard Woldendorp and David Bettini, do you really want these? They are beautiful and will last countless more years than an iPod. Some of our photographers, like David Moore, Rennie Ellis and Phil Quirk have fine art prints collected by public galleries around the world, worth thousands, are these objects of desire? Would you like to see a valuable framed image on your wall? Is it that photography is not seen as being an art form, and particularly so now that stock pictures are worth as little as $1. Is it just a trade, if it was I’d make more money being a plumber!
In the second edition of LightVision, I ran a promo, for a signed book by Richard Woldendorp worth $50, a great book, by one of the Australia’s greatest photographers, all that was required was to write a humourous testimonial about Aussies and Wildlight. I didn’t think it was too difficult, however, I didn’t receive a single entry -not one! I’m still unsure as to why it was a resounding failure, perhaps the prize wasn’t sexy enough, perhaps it targeted the wrong demographic, or perhaps it was too much work for a low value product. My reasoning was for my customers to be creative by using some witty copy, not just to whack down the plastic and purchase. So it’s encouraged me to call for your valuable feedback on this nettlesome topic. Leave a comment below and tell me what incentive would or would not instantly make you purchase a picture licence.
Recently I was asked this good question by Sydney fashion photographer/art director, Edmund Chiu, regarding model releases and payment for stock photo shoots:
Q. “if a model wants a cut of the sale of the images, how does it work? I assume a written agreement is in order before the shoot, but what is a decent percentage that the model should get?
Some models are fine with their pics taken and don’t want any money from it, just time in exchange for a CD of digital images (TFCD) is good for them.”
A. If you really have to go down that road then most models get 10% of any sale where they are the subject. Be sure to limit the duration to a couple of years, you don’t want to be paying them for 10 years! In practice it is difficult to administer such ‘cuts’, and certainly if you were to submit those pictures to a library, the library will not pay the model, it would have to come out of your percentage. Example, the library sells the picture for $100, you get $40, then you have to pay $10 to the model out of your share. Then there is the paperwork, you will have to get a Tax Invoice from the model each time you pay them, or you need to fill out an ATO form saying that the income is part of their hobby and is not subject to 46.5% withholding tax. You see, it’s much cleaner to ‘pay’ them once upfront and not worry about it later. This doesn’t mean you have to pay them wads of hard cash, remember, paying them could mean printing some images for them or an extra photo shoot of them, their partner or their kids…etc. It’s called valuable consideration.
Yes, a written agreement is mandatory. Both a model release and an agreement of what, how and when they will be paid and for how long.
Here’s a cute exhibition by photographer Mayu Kanamori called The Island of the Ancients. It’s an exploration of the largest percentage of centenarians in the world, on the tiny and seldom talked bout Mediterranean island of Sardinia. How do these people manage to live up to three times longer than the rest of us? Find out the secrets in the accompanying book, published by Murdock Books. Mayu’s sensitive portraits can be seen at Customs House Library, Sydney until the 28th September. The exhibition has been put together by Sandy Edwards, herself an accomplished photojournalist, through her new photography project venture, ARTHERE.
it adds to our favourite new, office-object-of-obsession, the rubber band ball. We cheated and started with a a golf ball (I want to make it clear that neither Jean-Marc nor I play golf or intend doing so any time soon) and we’ve never looked back. The incoming mail bundled together with a single, red rubber band, courtesy of Aussie Post, is heralded with such glee. Cheques, bills and the B&T are abruptly thrown aside as we make a b-line for the rubber band ball and cerimoniously apply another satisfying layer…You can make one too, you just need time and a sense of humour, learn how here. After all you can only absorb so many pictures in one day…