Back in the Seventies and Eighties I founded and ran several Fleet Street photo agencies specialising in stock images of celebrities from pop stars to politicians. These were syndicated to the National and International press and Television. These days I am active in the Microstock world and this blog charts my journey as well as, hopefully, providing inspiration and ideas to others. Image buyers should also find this blog useful with links to my portfolios and regular updates on new uploads. Unless otherwise stated all images are my copyright and may not be reproduced or copied. Comments are very welcome but will be reviewed before publication. Enjoy your visit. Regards, David.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Britishimages showing signs of life:

Well here is a surprise. British image library http://www.britishimages.co.uk/ seems to have been re-activated (in part anyway). I joined them at launch (2007?) and have 445 images online there. Not a single sale to date. When I tried to update my email and address details over a year ago I just kept getting "internal server error" messages. Soon after that it became impossible to access the site at all and I assumed that was it. However, the site seems to be back up. Still cannot change my details -which is important because their payment method is to post a cheque (remember them?) to the address on file. Emails to the site just get bounced back and a written letter asking them to change my info at their end received no response. I did try uploading a test photo and that worked fine. Plus points of the site? they do have a nice collection of British landscapes and architecture and the commission is high at £25 (hi res) & £10 (low res). Minus points: well no good to me if I can't get paid, no views or sales counts, and most importantly -they do not appear to contactable or responding to post. The site also still states that they are members of BAPLA (British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies) even though BAPLA told me last year that they (BAPLA) had cancelled their membership. I'm holding off uploading any further images at this stage. Obviously, other photographers may have a different experience of them and I can only speak for myself. Anyone else tried this site or got any sales? Regards, David.

7 comments:

David said...

I tried to sign up with British Images on the 2nd April but had an error message so don't think i was successful.
I emailed them about it so will wait and see when/if i get a reply before trying again.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Yes, although the site is back online it is far from functioning normally (including the ability to update your details as mentioned in my post). Did your email get through then -mine just got bounced back. The fact that they haven't replied to my letter is not an encouraging sign. Will be interested to hear what response you get. Regards, David.

David said...

I didn't get a bounced back email so 'assume' it got through.. for now.

I'll check my emails (including the junk box which i forget most of the time) and will let you know if i hear anything from them.

cheers
Davey

merribean said...

I tried to e-mail y/d evening and my e-mail was bounced back
Steve

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Thanks for your comment Steve. I'm curious to know if you have any images with them and if you have had any sales there. Regards, David.

merribean said...

No photos there but was interested in site as it appeared more image based and probably more suited to the pictures I take than the bigger american sites.Steve

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Good luck Steve if you do put any on there. I'm waiting to see the site functioning properly before deciding whether to upload anymore images. Regards, David.