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, 29 August 2010

Bagging a Banksy:

I've posted before about picture opportunities on your doorstep. Well there was a good one here this week in St.Leonards-on-Sea when a new mural by cult British street artist "Banksy" appeared overnight on the seafront. I didn't have much trouble finding the location due to the number of people congregating to take photographs of it and photographing their children next to it! It took a bit of patience to get a clear shot of it but the images are now uploaded and awaiting approval (as Editorial images, obviously).

British agency PictureNation got them online within a couple of hours (I emailed them to let them know they were in the approval queue). I have no idea what the sales potential is here, but I do know that, in the art world, Banksy is a big name and new works arouse a lot of interest, so we'll see.

Hastings council have said that despite their zero tolerance policy on graffiti they are regarding this as Art and allowing it to stay. Certainly the interest being shown by the public yesterday would suggest this is the right decision. Edit: Just for clarification -the black lettering at the top isn't part of the mural but everyday graffiti (which I'm sure will be removed by the council).

Regards (from the "centre of the art world" as the local newspaper coined it), David.


Microstock Posts said...

Blimey! It's all happening round your way David. I bet the guy who did the everyday graffiti at the top, wished he'd done something better, now that everyone's looking at it.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Lol -the sad thing is they probaly don't care. Further Arts news: Hastings based artist Ben Eine (David Cameron gave one of his works to Barak Obama on his recent US visit) has just done a huge outdoor mural of Prince Charles just round the corner from me. There's another image to get!BTW that's the link -Banksy was down here for Bens birthday and did his mural while he was here. Regards, David.

Robert Ewen said...

Have you sold any Banksy images yet David?

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Just the one so far, Rob.On Shutterstock. Still, these are images that have the potential to sell virtually forever, given the status Banksy has. BTW I have yet to see any other images of this mural on the agencies I supply. Bit surprised (but pleased) about that! Regards, David.