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As I alluded to in an earlier post, things have been afoot… - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
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Jaume Plensa

As I alluded to in an earlier post, things have been afoot recently.

Last week, for example, I received an email on Flickr, from a chap representing an art gallery in New York. He was representing the gallery owner, and wanted to know if I would give them permission to use one of my photos of a Jaume Plensa sculpture on Flickr for their new website.


I emailed back, asking which particular photo they were interested in, what would they use it for, and, if they were talking about paying for it, what they thought the going rate was.

Duly excited, I sat back and waited.

Then had a thought. I'd taken the photo at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a wonderful place just down the road from where we live. I wondered what their policy on photography in the park was, and what the legal shenanigans were regarding selling a photo taken there, of one of the sculptures.

Turns out they're not keen on people using photos for commercial use without prior permission, and the gallery owner would need to seek permission to use the image from Jaume Plensa, who would say no. Sorry.

Ah. Oh well. The nice chap at the gallery in NYC hadn't responded to my email mentioning money anyway.

Except then he did. They wanted to use the photo above, purely on the website to show the kind of artist the owner deals with. And as for money, why don't you come up with a number, and we'll go from there?


I emailed back, pointing out my conversation with the YSP and expressing regret that I was unable to offer them the image in question.


Win some, lose some. Quite flattered to be asked, to be honest.
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huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: May 23rd, 2012 07:33 am (UTC) (linky)
What a shame - money aside, that's a great photo and it would have been lovely to get it a wider audience.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: June 11th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC) (linky)
I know. I'm going to get some of the Plensa stuff printed up & framed for our house :-)
caitirin From: caitirin Date: May 23rd, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC) (linky)
Bummer! But, yes, quite flattering to have been asked! :)
martinoh From: martinoh Date: May 23rd, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC) (linky)
Superb shot! Sorry you can't profit by it, but thanks for sharing.
boliviafang From: boliviafang Date: May 24th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC) (linky)
Well I think it's totally awesome that a gallery owner contacted you about using your photography!! Congratulations! Even if it didn't work out, you learned a few things, learned that you might need to learn a few more things, and who knows, this could be the start of nice little sideline, profitable hobby. .. you know, and then later a full-fledged brilliant career. But hobby for now. What with the bills, and family, and college educations to plan for and whatnot.
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