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Had this weird email the other day.

You know I’m currently posting a photo every Sunday, right? They’re all tagged “LifeLens” so you can use the link on the right to view them again, if you like.

Well, back in the day I was big into my photography. In fact, one of the effects of stroke is to instill this “can’t be bothered” attitude, and a lot of things I used to enjoy, I’m apathetic now.

Anyway, I used to publish on the photography site, Flickr, and over the years I amassed a portfolio of thousands of images. All amateur stuff, of course, but I used to post the images with the relevant copyright info. All rights reserved, blah, blah, blah. The same as many of us do with our blog posts.

After the stroke I had an epiphany. If people wanted to use the images any which way, let them go for it. Rather than restricting these images, if people thought they had a use for them, so much the better!

This email was to tell me that somebody has, indeed, used them. Some enterprising person has printed some of my photos onto postcards, apparently. And they were being sold by the UK’s largest stationer, no less, in a nearby city, Southampton!

The person who contacting me was also a Flickr user who happened to be in the store, and recognised my work on sale. They messaged to warn me that somebody was making money out of me. But I’m also less interested in money, these days.

I’ve no idea which photos are being used, but given that they’re being sold in Southampton, geography suggests that they are probably local, probably the New Forest. I took lots in the forest, some of them might even be decent!

So, I’m flattered that my work is being sold in a national stationers! I mean, forget that I won’t make a penny from them, the whole point of changing the license was so that as many people could enjoy them as possible.

A nice compliment, don’t you think? I should change the spiel on the Sunday posts.

I wonder if it was this one? I always loved the light here. This is the now-demolished Fawley Power Station, just across the water from Southampton.

Oh, by the way, I’ve also had work published in a pamphlet for the UK’s National Farmers’ Union, and some guy wrote a book about lighthouses, of all things!


  1. I think it’s a shame they demolished the Fawley tower, all part of our industrial heritage and a landmark. If I ever get to Southampton I shall look out for the postcards. I remember the power station being built, we had a holiday in Calshot in a ramshackle holiday bungalow in 1964, just before Mum and Dad took us out to Australia . We could here the pile drivers going all day long, peaceful holiday!

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  2. Congratulations on your photos. I guess in this case duplication is the sincerest form of flattery. That is a beautiful
    picture. The light is amazing how it filters through even the lower hanging clouds, all different shades. your good!

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    • Thanks Tiffany. A lot of it is averages. Take thousands, publish hundreds, and of those a few dozen are any good. And they are the ones everyone sees, and thinks “wow”, and doesn’t see the rejects. You know how it is.


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