It is exactly the same picture that I would have shot for a newspaper or magazine but it will probably be used in a different way. This clearly presents ethical issues and I am acutely aware of them but I want to carry on taking my kind of pictures and telling my kind of stories and there are fewer and fewer opportunities to do that in the newspaper business that pay enough money to allow me to pay all of my bills.
One of the other speakers - indeed the keynote speaker for one of the sessions - said that UK photography was in a malaise. He was wrong in one important way. The industry and the market is in trouble but the work of UK photographers is in great shape. The work that is being produced is of high quality - possibly better than at any time I can remember - and there is a lot of it. The market is saturated at a time when companies are looking to spend less and get more. That's the problem. Supply and demand. Too much of the former and not enough of the latter.
I've made my mind up. I'm going to find clients who want to pay me to do what I'm good at, what I love doing and what I want to keep on doing. I'm not stupid. I'm also going to keep my eyes open and my ear to the ground. If the market changes or if technology changes I hope to be right there making those changes work for me.
In the meant time I'm going to repeat what I have said so many times before... It's an exciting time to be a photographer and I'm a very lucky man to be doing what I do.
© Neil Turner June 2009