If I wasn't doing what I want to do as a career, I always thought I'd like to give photography a go. While I think I can catch a scene occasionally, I don't think I'm that particularly talented for it nor do I have the technical expertise (and I'm too impatient to take a class to learn it.) I do consider myself an avid hobbyist, however, and keep the Flickr site for that reason.
My hobby seems to be paying off in attention, however, as my stuff has been picked 3 times for various things over the last 6 months. Now one of them is kind of an inside job in that Lis over at Assertively Unhip used some of my photos for a writing contest/whatever at the SLCC Community Writing Center. I see that the contest deadline is 1 August 2006.
The second honor was completely out of the blue. A French publisher contacted me about using this spiral jetty/Great Salt Lake picture for some new atlas they are making. Supposedly it comes out in the fall.
The third honor is some online do-hickey called Schmap. They chose a picture that I took of the Delta Center sometime last winter.
I have a creative common license on all these and don't care if folks use them for non-commercial purposes, but I also granted the last two companies the right to use them for commercial purposes. Their products seem ok. I probably should have demanded compensation beyond just receiving copies of said publications, but being an academic that's the kind of compensation I'm used to, I guess. The question is--do I put it on my vitae?
File this whole thing under self-indulgence, I think.