Superstition

Fingers crossed

I’m a superstitious photographer. Back in the days of film and chemicals, no matter how well I knew the process, I was never quite convinced it would work out and always held my breath while I took the film out of the developing canisters.

Because it was magic.

Much as I love the digital world now, that magic has pretty much gone. The superstitiousness of it hasn’t though. That resides in one place in my mind. The Alamy stock library website. I managed to pass the technical quality tests for the site many moons ago but the ability to pixel peep has made image library QA a dark art. In my day the grain in the film was far bigger than pixels are now so it was never an issue really. Even with large format stuff. If you knew your chops you were fine.

At Alamy though, it depends whether the moon is full, how grumpy the QA person is, and if there have been any squirrels sighted that day*. You know you’ve done what you can to get your work on the site, but now it’s down to the small gods.So yesterday I spent the day whittling 250 images down to 10 I was  fairly confident of and then tweaking them. I uploaded them, crossed my fingers and prepared for a two week wait before I heard the bad news.

Today I found out that my crossed fingers worked. I have more images up on Alamy and a slightly better understanding of what’s required. The turnaround was lightning quick though. It always used to be two weeks, but this was much less than 24 hours, which makes Alamy a lot more viable for me.

I can’t say I won’t be superstitious when I submit my next batch, but it may just be a prayer to the small gods rather a crossed fingers, toes, and a live sacrifice next time. 😉
*squirrels are the harbingers of DOOM.

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