Travel Photographer Closes Website

Posted on 3/20/2019 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Rick Strange, a very successful UK travel photographer with over 45 years experience is closing his website after over 4 years of very disappointing sales. Considering the excellent quality of his work, this may be a cautionary tale for any photographer considering trying to market work from a personal website rather than using a stock agency.

On the other hand, given current stock agency pricing and image oversupply, the stock agency route may not be the answer either.

In his announcement Strange said, “I have been running this website ( ) of my images for over four years. In all that time I have achieved just one sale!  It is, obviously, not a cost effective exercise and so it is with sadness and regret that this site, as a commercial exercise, will be ending in the near future.

“I am aware, of course, that the nature of photographic image libraries has changed beyond recognition since the advent of digital photography but I had hoped that this highly?specialized library might at least pay for itself.  I realized some while ago that it was not going to be practical to upload the 40K or 50K available images I have shot over the last 45 years in over 130 countries, and stopped at just under 10K.

“Despite up to 1000 visitors a week and cutting my image usage prices twice it seems that while people from all over the world have enjoyed looking at my pictures they have not wanted to buy any.

“So thanks to all of you who came to visit and bye bye........”

He can be contacted at evpx@evpx-fgenatr.pbz

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  • Ray Laskowitz Posted Mar 23, 2019
    I hate to say this, but after leaving the stock management side of the business in 1999, after TIB was sold to getty Images, I had and have a pretty good idea of what sells. I went to his website. From a technical standpoint, his pictures are great. From a content standpoint, we had 20 or 30 of each. Who needs more of them? In today's world, you can find images like his all over the internet. Travel shooting has moved well beyond what he was producing. At the very least it is more personal. For sure, everything changes and rust never sleeps.

  • jasmin awad Posted Apr 13, 2019
    I agree, unfortunately this kind of work is simply not modern enough. A lot has changed, if you are still shooting like in the eighties, the porfolio will look very aged. He could probably still get some regular income, if he placed his files on stock sites, just for retirement benefits. But if what you have is not unique, it will always be a had sell. He is also offering the exact same style many people love to offer for free with a creative commons license. There is so much more you can do with travel.

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