I have never really asked myself why I keep a blog. For my own interest and pleasure? For the interest and pleasure of others? So my photos are stored somewhere safe? So my kids have something to look back on in later years? So I have something to look back on in later years? All of that and more, I suppose.
One thing I did not set out to do, however, was to become a photojournalist. Imagine, then, my surprise when I got a message out of the blue a few weeks back, asking me to get in touch will a well-known publication who wanted to use one of my photos. “Well-known publication” is something of an understatement in my opinion. I imagine most amateur photographers (and many professional ones) would give their right arm to get their photos in this particular publication, and that’s saying something, for what would they hold their cameras with afterwards? And I don’t even consider myself an amateur photographer, but more of a point-and-click merchant.
“Guess which publication! I’ll give you five guesses!” I said to my brother in a state of extreme excitement. (My brother is a very good photographer).
He thought for a while. (My brother is very pensive).
“Playboy?” he asked. (My brother generally cannot think very far beyond the last thing he reads).
My brother had quite a lot of fun trying to guess what sort of magazines my photographs might suit, but he was not prepared for the answer when I finally gave it to him.
Strange but true, in early September a very nice photo editor from the Polish version of National Geographic, Teresa Tuleja, got in touch and asked me if she could possibly use a photograph I had taken of The Broomway, the place where we first started our walk. Could they? Absolutely! Two months later she kindly sent me a pdf of the cover and article, and shortly after that a few copies of the edition itself arrived in the post. Here is the cover:
National Geographic is internationally renowned for its photography. Just take a look a the portrait of the girl on the front cover. I remember when they first published that photograph some years ago. And my photo? I am not so foolish to think that it should even be considered alongside photographs such as that. All the same though, I am chuffed to bits that they wanted to use it and that they gave me the credit (thank you Teresa!). If you are going to have a photo published anywhere, National Geographic is a good place to start, I think.