"A hundred pounds, a hundred pounds...you can hear the whistle
blow, a hundred pounds" (with apologies to Hedy West)
This little tale of life in the internetted world began in early December when - out of the blue - I received an e-mail request from an office interiors company based in Leeds. They wanted permission to use one of my photographs of Sheffield. They had found it via Google Image Search. I was informed that the company were furnishing a new office suite in Sheffield and the client had requested a large photo collage of Sheffield images to grace one of the blank walls. Permission was duly granted.
Then a day or two later the company phoned me to see if I had other pictures of Sheffield they could use. In fact, they had a requirement list of about twenty photographs. I already had about fifteen of these and with the promise of some payment I agreed to go out and snap the last four or five which I did one morning in mid-December.
All of the pictures were emailed to the office interiors company. After Christmas, I contacted them again to remind them of their payment promise and they asked me how much I wanted. Being an ascetic* kind of soul with no particular interest in money, I plumped for a nice round sum - one hundred pounds or what we English (and Welsh) call a "ton". (*characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.)
There were no quibbles about my fee. I was just asked to make an invoice for their records and on Friday of last week the hundred pounds duly arrived. So it's official I am now a professional photographer - available for weddings, christenings and funerals. Regarding the latter, isn't it funny that picture taking is rare at funerals? Oh look - that one's of the casket going behind the curtains - and that one - that's you Auntie Jean - good heavens you looked as miserable as sin! And this was Grandma's burial.... Perhaps it's an area in which I should specialise.
|Velocity Tower, Sheffield|
This was the picture that started it all
|A preserved drop forging hammer in Sheffield's Don Valley|
This was one of the special request pictures.