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Olivier Parent

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  1. Well, being exclusive, the last cut in commission I noticed is when Alamy reduced my share from 60% to 50%, years ago, nothing since… 😉 If ever I feel things become "unfair", I believe I will always have the right to leave.
  2. Sorry Marianne but I find your statement at the very least contradictory and I cannot agree with you. You say that microstock devalues our work but still you ask us to sign a petition so that you can earn more money from this very system, am i right? As far as I am concerned, this microstock scheme has become a problem only because of so many people eager to be part of it, knowing for sure this would harm the entire industry and eventually go off the rails as you say, but participating in it nonetheless.
  3. Worldwide, Commercial electronic, 5 years, Media: Website, app and social media, Any size, $$ Aerial view of Grenoble (France), the Isere and Drac rivers, and the 3 surrounding mountain ranges (Chartreuse, Vercors, Belledonne)
  4. As far as I can see, most of the images available on a microstock website are also available on every other microstock websites. If I am right, when all companies sell the exact same products, it all comes down to the price. So all these agencies have to keep their prices as low as possible to remain competitive, because buyers know for sure they all sell the same stuff. And also, as far as I can see, most of the images available on a microstock website already have hundreds, thousands, if not millions of similars. Can you imagine a client searching through something like 2.5 million images of apples to find the exact apple he/she is looking for? So, growing the collection might not be the best way for these agencies to rise the profits. Lowering the commissions might be a better way. Hopefully, Alamy will keep a large collection of unique and exclusive images for which prices can be negotiated.
  5. I would never deny anyone the right to do things for fun. Besides, I find the word 'amateur' particularly beautiful. What's better than doing something just for the love of it? But as soon as you get paid, it's not quite amateurism anymore, is it? And when you do it in marketplaces in direct competition with professionals, I tend to think a minimum of ethics, respect and responsibility should prevail but maybe it is just a sign I am getting old 😉. If people feel happy when they sell their work for 15% of virtually nothing, and thereby damage an already weakened sector of activity, that is their choice. I just do not feel like it.
  6. There seems to be a somewhat paradoxical correlation between the ever rising number of people wanting to make a living from photography and the ever growing number of professional photographers considering a career change (I came across a survey pretending that something like 18% of professional photographers would be considering a career change since the COVID-19 pandemic). I tend to think that people submitting images should at least ask themselves what they are worth, and by that I mean considering not only creativity or quality but also all the expenses (depreciation of gear, transportation, editing, keywording, software subscriptions…). As one can not expect to get more than what one asks for, I never considered microstocks as an option (not even talking about earning 15% of almost nothing). It just makes no sense to me. But as we say here in France, "everyone sees noon at his doorstep"… I would not even bother about that if only it did not affect every one of us.
  7. United Kingdom, Editorial, Newspaper - national up to 2 million, Inside and online, 1/4 page, 1 day, Single editorial or advertorial article used within print and /or web versions, $
  8. This image sold 3 times last month and twice in May. Worldwide, Editorial website, Any size, Single editorial article used within the digital versions of a single publication, 1 day, $
  9. Thank you! It immediately seems much less tropical when you enter the water… 😉 Most people enjoy the views and the beaches but very few actually swim there.
  10. French Speaking Countries, Editorial, Magazine (up to 50,000), Inside 1 page, 5 years, $$ Ronald McDonald playing air guitar on a tennis court in front of an astonished girl
  11. The sign of horns \m/ has been the most iconic gesture in Hard rock / Heavy metal culture since the seventies. So popular even bananas know it…
  12. Thank you Sally. It is a closeup shot of what you can see on this one.
  13. Highland F-road near Landmannalaugar in Iceland Dettifoss waterfall
  14. TV, Worldwide, Editorial, unlimited transmissions in perpetuity. $$
  15. Thank you Sally! As you can see on the last picture above (and the last one below), a few swimmers also enjoy the clear (but quite cool) turquoise waters of the calanques. The cliffs of Calanque d'en Vau are steep and high, so the sun hits the surface of the water inside the calanque only a few hours a day. In the heart of winter, the sun does not get high enough in the sky to light the bottom of the calanque. This is one of my favorite places near Marseille. Here are a few more pictures.
  16. Calanques de Cassis national park near Marseille (France)
  17. Great challenge and selection Colin. Thank you for including one of mine.
  18. Two pictures of Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellfoss (lower and upper falls) in Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður, in Iceland.
  19. Traditional grass-covered Icelandic house
  20. https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/644115/duffy-cut-hair-moved-house-rapist-ordeal/ https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/563850/duffy-unveils-music-comeback-as-she-says-shes-finding-it-hard-to-speak-about-horrific-rape-ordeal/ https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/568931/madonna-61-to-make-hip-hop-debut-on-new-track-with-aspiring-rapper-boyfriend-25/
  21. Just a few colorful flowers from nearby gardens… Rudbeckia hirta var. angustifolia called Gloriosa Daisy or Black-eyed Susan Yellow Rudbeckia Anemone Japonica - Japanese Thimbleweed Gaillardia pulchella - Indian Blanket Flower Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff
  22. I really cannot say I have a favorite one. I am very fortunate to have a lot of wonderful trails nearby in the French Alps, such as the GR54/549 in Oisans mountain range (pictures #1 and #2), or the Tour du Beaufortain GRP and its ramifications around Roselend lake and facing the Mont Blanc (pictures #3 and #4), for examples.
  23. Thank you Paulette! I have never been to Katmai but as far as I know, Denali bears are also much smaller. I cannot say if they can be considered aggressive, the ones I saw in Denali really only seemed to care about berries and arctic ground squirrels as winter was coming.
  24. Grizzly bear (ursus arctos horribilis - female) in Denali national Park - Alaska. The arctic tundra turns red during the very short autumn season.
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