D is for Death….


The fourth day of the AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Thank you for reading and commenting. There are masses of blogs to check out. Here is a list.

Death. Christians are now celebrating Easter, with Friday being all about death.

An important and profound subject.

Way too important and profound for me to tackle.

I am writing about “Death to the Stock Photo“. Not really about death at all. This is a fantastic service provided by Allie Lehman and David Sherry for people like you and me.

As my last post illustrates, I am a dreadful photographer.

My shots require captions as explanations.

Each month Allie and David send me a pack of beautifully crafted tableaux, absolutely free, which I am able to use here on the blog. There is one at the top of this post.

There are, of course, great pictures all over the internet. Here is the thing, these photographs belong to people. They are creations.

I aspire to write books, books that people might pay for. I daresay I am unlikely to demand masses of cash for my debut novel, but I know that I would be upset were I to find my work free all over the internet.

Photographers, writers and other artists create. They invest heavily of themselves and toil to make their art as good as it can be. Most ask for very little in return. Some ask for recognition, some ask to make a living. (The very cheek of it!)

Get yourself over to “Death to the Stock Photo‘ and sign up. There is a free service and there is also a subscription model (more artists looking to make a living, tsk, tsk) with completely unfettered access to a growing library of great shots.

Quite apart from the fact that they take beautiful pictures, these guys seem really cool too.


8 thoughts on “D is for Death….

  1. Hey, Stuart. Returning the A to Z visit. Signed up for Death to Stock Photos (thank you!) and am smiling at your profile picture. Will K be for Kilt, by any chance? The true test of manly friendship, is it not, to wear a kilt in a wedding. 🙂

  2. Sounds like a good idea, Stuart. I use Flikr Creative Commons, where the photographer has made their work available for use, under certain conditions. I use the photo and link back to their work and credit them. There are some fabulous photos there and of course you can hunt for what you want by name. Wiki often has photos under creative commons license as well.

  3. Thank you for the awesome tip! I plan to sign up right away. In the meantime, I am #1397 on the A to Z list (I guess I’m supposed to add that to comments ~grin~). Best wishes!

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