Back in November, when I was totally elated at finding myself at No.1 on the international showcase, 'OneEyeland' I never imagined I'd stay there for more than a day or so before another photographer knocked me off my perch, so it was with a certain shock at the obvious last week, that I actually took in I was still there! As things can change at any minute, especially with the direction in which OneEyeland seem to be going, and as I've done no real publicity to make the most of my rating, I suddenly thought "What's the point of getting a ranking of No.1 and not using it to create business publicity! ?"
So I rang the big regional paper, the Daily Post, and their reporter said he was happy to cover the story. He interviewed me over the phone and the story appeared today :-) I was immediately contacted by Newyddion, the BBC Cymru news programme and they filmed me this morning and the story appears tonight between 7.30 and 8.00 pm (In Welsh).
Now another Welsh language TV programme, Wedi 7, is filming me tomorrow for broadcast at 7.00 Friday evening (hopefully, though it maybe delayed until next week).
I am also doing a live radio broadcast next Wednesday afternoon on the BBC Radio Wales, Roy Noble Show, between 16.05 and 16.20pm approximately.
So whilst OneEyeland hasn't resulted in a single sale or commission over the two months at the top, it has indirectly brought me much needed local publicity, which I guess makes up for the time and effort spent uploading images?
Regrettably, I have noticed a rapid decline in the number of genuine landscape photographs being accepted recently, and a huge increase in the number of fashion and CGI created 'advertising' images, so I think my days are numbered on there. It seems to be their new direction which is all well and good, but it's not my arena, certainly not my interest, and my work is starting to look more and more out of place in comparison, see for yourselves, what do you think ?
I think there is a need for a similar site, but one which concentrates and celebrates the best of traditional approaches to simply great photography instead ?