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  1. Non-Hispanic white children under age 15 now make up less than 50% of the US population, and non-Hispanic whites in all age groups account for about 60% of our population, so I guess our advertising is not "over-representing" our population. I recognize that the US, a nation of immigrants (much as so many want to shut the door behind them these days), is a different situation than the UK or other European nations, nevertheless, awareness that some groups have been under represented and making an effort to remedy that seems like a positive IMHO. It can be hard not to discuss race without mentioning the far right, as such extreme attitudes certainly are one of the reasons we are still discussing race as a concept in 2020, at least here in the US, six decades after the Civil Rights Movement, and nearly 160 years after we went to war over the issue. There are many who are appalled by such attitudes whose views may still evidence more subtle types of discrimination.
  2. Interesting, guessing they mate for life. Perhaps they ran away together to elope? 😎💕
  3. I was thinking they were escapees from a zoo. Wonderful find.
  4. Both for me. I love chatting with people and making them comfortable whether it is an editorial assignment or they have hired me to take their portrait, but I also love the peace and quiet of being out in nature or traveling somewhere I haven't been before, waiting for the right light and/or finding interesting things to photograph. I also love the research involved in keywording, and can get lost for hours learning about new places as well as processing images, sometimes changing them completely in my fine art work, and sometimes just a quick adjustment. I need both the social interaction and that quiet alone time. I don't like the boring alone time spent reviewing and trying to choose which images are best or the drudgery of uploading, but then this is work and I feel lucky to spend so much of my time doing something that I really love most of the time. I also enjoy interacting with clients while they choose which images they like best, as well as the fun of showing my photos to others during a show, and answering their questions about my work. I also enjoy interacting with other photographers, learning new things and find most of my colleagues to be helpful and friendly, a welcome change from the years I spent as a New York trial lawyer when my job necessitated that I spend about half my time fighting with my colleagues LOL.
  5. The past 6 months have been my worst since I made my first sale here back in 2009. The 6 months before that were my strongest here ever. I really feel like I went up a mountain and fell off a cliff... One example, got a $15 license here ($7.50 net) last week, the very same day as a $20+ license (net) of a single image on one MS site. Just one example of several when I wonder why all my Alamy photos aren't elsewhere earning more. When I see people here who have thousands of images - many times more images than I do - frequently netting less than I do each with a micro portfolio that has only grown to 500 images in the last year, I realize the writing is on the wall. For years I put my best pix here and had tiny ports around 1/10th to 1/3rd the size on the micros with little overlap, fearing people would buy from the micros vs. here if the pix were the same. But I did put a handful of my best pix on the micros some years ago to experiment. When I compare sales of those images that are on various sites, in nearly every case where images sell here and there, they have earned more elsewhere, in more than a few cases $$$$ more on the micros. Only two instances where sales here came to $$ more than on the micros. So, last year I finally followed the numbers and put a lot more on the micros while also adding the same to my port here and did not find any zooms here with corresponding sales elsewhere as I feared, though in the past there have been one or two times when an image was zoomed here and sold elsewhere. The additional sales elsewhere I believe make up for any shortfall, as images that sell both here and elsewhere tend to sell again and again often earning me $$$ to $$$$, so I can't worry if I made a mistake uploading them to more than one place. I don't think I have. Can't have all my eggs in one basket.
  6. As kids in the 60s many of us expected that by the time we grew up the world would be colorblind. We are not there yet. Progress takes longer than we expect. I look forward to the day when our world is colorblind. Do our images help to move that goal forward? I'm sure we all hope that they do. Just like we hope our images of sustainability, climate change, etc. move us toward policies that save this fragile globe on which we all live together. Do we hope those images sell? I believe we do. Does that make us cynics or can we earn from our efforts and still be agents for change?
  7. Disturbing, hope it was a misunderstanding but from what I've seen on other forums, sadly perhaps not. ...the sad part is that there are many people who see "diversity" as fake when it may not be their reality, but for a growing majority it is reality ...there are plenty of customers who will purchase images showing happy people all of the same race, so why resent those who are looking for something different? and with regard to Fox's comment, I wonder what he'd make of the Broadway show "Hamilton?"
  8. Perhaps it's nicer to chat about movies and tv than to keep speculating and worrying about what's next for Alamy?
  9. I agree, while I hope there is some aspirational/altruist aspect, it's probably mostly dollars and sense. I guess I was thinking more in terms of when I was "following orders" and looking for shots of children from all backgrounds, I hoped that it would in fact help change attitudes over time, and that it wasn't just cynical pandering, trying to show how "with it" they were.
  10. I love Alfred Hitchcock and have seen all his other movies and love the TV show, but I have never been able to sit through The Birds in its entirety. You are braver than I am Betty! I have also watched a lot of Canadian, Irish, Spanish, and Russian TV on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Since Hollywood dominated the TV and motion picture industries for so long, it is just so wonderful to see shows from different cultures. We've always gotten a lot of British TV via PBS, but all these others are relatively new to me. I've always loved British TV, especially the mystery/cop shows, and one thing I always liked was that their characters, especially the women, look like real people - rather than inappropriately dressed models. I can't imaging NYPD detective showing the amount of cleavage our American TV cops do LOL. Vera is one of my current faves but so many of the earlier seasons cost more than the subscription to watch, something, I can't bring myself to pay for.
  11. My extended family also includes African-American, Asian, Indian, Native American, and Latino members, going back at least three generations, yet despite that diversity, our family is still predominantly white. I think that we still have so much to learn when talking about race as it is still, sadly, often such a fraught discussion. I've seen comments on other forums by people who scoff at the move toward diversity in advertising as being pushed by an "unrealistic" American agenda. I covered a lot of events for a variety of local parenting magazines in NYC and the surrounding suburbs (back in the days when print was still alive and kicking) and was a bit unsettled when an editor would tell me to make an effort to get images showing "diversity." I think that the effort to show diversity in advertising and other media, even if more aspirational in areas where that diversity does not exist, is not necessarily a bad thing, in that visuals shape our perceptions of reality, and making sure that children of all colors see people who look like them doing jobs they can aspire to, and children of all colors seeing kids who look like them being friends with or married to people who don't, and seeing families who look like theirs when their neighbors don't, can only help subtly impress upon them that we are all the same. I guess a part of me is all for social engineering when the effort is to change attitudes for the better, but OTOH it can perhaps also lead to a certain complacency and a misperception that the state of race relations, for want of a better phrase, is further along than it really is. I lived in NYC during the Civil Rights movement and personally expected things to be so much different by now. I realize the fact that all of three of my great-nieces, with three different sets of parents, are "brown," is a rarity as my husband and I are both Caucasian, but I am not alone among my Caucasian friends in seeing greater diversity in their families, especially in their kids and grandkids' generations. It was much more unusual for me to have a mother in law who was black (my husband's step-mom). With the rise of hate groups in this country under the current administration, I also feel perhaps an even greater stake in wanting things to change for the better not just for the world in general but also because it effects those sweet little children and their fathers whom I love. By the way, only one lives in New York (in the suburbs - they used to live in Montreal), and one lives in Tennessee, so this isn't just a big-city phenomenon. I remember working on my college's 25th Reunion some time ago now and being surprised when a close friend who is Asian told me how glad she was that so many women of color were finally on the Reunion committee. She then went on to tell me how tough she found it sometimes to be seen as the "Chinese girl," and that she assumed that was why people remembered her. I was shocked to hear that she felt that way and saddened that it took her more than two decades to even discuss it - and having never experienced anyone treating her that way, I wondered if I was simply blissfully naive or if it is because being a minority in society causes you to see yourself differently, as the video shared above can attest. The college I went to back in the 1970's was still predominantly prep-school white Anglo-Saxon protestant women with trust funds, and I myself was the victim of prejudice from time to time being of (second/third generation) Italian ancestry, easily forgotten so many years later as people who look like me are in the majority. Thanks for sharing the link. It gives us a lot to think about, and a lot to work toward.
  12. Thanks to PBS and Netflix I'm completely hooked on all sorts of British mystery/police shows. Our ISP/TV provider also has an oldies channel with stuff going back all the way to The Honeymooners. I never watch those reality shows, I much prefer "fiction" (LOL - should I say fiction that admits what it is)
  13. If I look back at all my licenses here, about 5/8ths are rights managed, but if I just go back the past two years, it's split half and half, so the percentage of royalty free images being licensed has gone up slightly, but that may be because I made several images, especially editorial images that had not been licensed before, RF, so the percent of RF images in my portfolio went up. Not a great difference between 5/8ths being RM over the past 12 years and 1/2 being RM over the past 2 years, given that the number of RF in my portfolio increased in that time...then again, I still have more RM than RF images and if they are being licensed at the same rate, maybe RF has an advantage? I don't think I can really reach a solid conclusion but these are my observations for what it's worth. Alamy tells us clients prefer RF, but they license many RM images as though they are RF, so not sure the fact that your images are all RM is holding you back. You have lots of nice images . I know Alamy has pushed us to make more images RF and I imagine it's easier for clients, but if they are RM, clients who want images that aren't on all the micros know they worn't have to worry about that, if they worry about such things.... So, take it all with a grain of salt. I have RM images that are licensed here again and again, I don't think it really hurts you at all.
  14. Loved that show. I saw Pippin I believe it was on Broadway and Granny was in it. Years later I took my daughter to see it at a regional theater in Connecticut and Micky Dolenz (sp? of the Monkeys was in it.) Dating myself too. 😎
  15. Love that album. I have that and several more. They were my faves in high school. Saw them in concert years ago.
  16. . My scariest taxi ride was in Florida when an elderly friend of my Mom's, who was making airport runs to supplement his pension, picked up my husband, daughter and me. Next time I rented a car. (I should have told him about stock photography, safer for retired folks. Lovely man but he should not have been driving. So glad by the time I'm 80 we'll have self-driving cars and I won't need someone to take away my keys)
  17. Alamy employees have always been polite and prompt with their responses doing their best to help when questions or problems arise. I join you in wishing them well. I really hope they expand their presence in North America. More than half of my US book sales have been via Alamy & in addition to a few US advertising uses they’ve been my highest licenses here & some among the highest licenses anywhere. fingers crossed.
  18. yes I also shoot for magazines & newspapers in the NY metro area & have had some success with local papers elsewhere when I’m visiting an area and know that I will be shooting an event of interest to local news editors. When I’m shooting on spec it’s stock rather than assignment work but really kind of a hybrid I guess. The point is to get my work distributed as widely as I can. I can do better contacting local US media than just putting my photos up as stock (or formerly with live news) but Alamy has been a good source of licensing for many news photos in secondary markets.
  19. LOL thanks - that makes more sense. I don't know anything about PA other than reading a bit on their site, but if they have a well-oiled news machine and their shareholders are various news organizations, then perhaps they will be able to use their understanding of the marketplace to expand sales channels - both for UK and international stock. A more promising buyer than a hedge fund as they are in a business where they understand photography and the media's needs. It's all speculation at this point, and we are all so used to doom and gloom it's easy to envision the worst case scenario, but it could be a positive. Now if only the rest of the world paid top dollar, I'd feel more positive. 😎 I'm still cracking up over that blunder, but honestly I'd never heard it before.
  20. Totally agree - last year my best US license was $250, and most of those over $100 are US periodical or book licenses, with a few advertising thrown in.
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