Note: This blog is written in English but my native language is Portuguese. Sorry if you find typos, funny phrase constructions or odd sentences. And by the way, thanks for reading it!
“Stocksy is home to a highly curated collection of royalty-free stock photography and video footage that is beautiful, distinctive, and highly usable.
We’re also a cooperative! (Think more artist respect and support, less patchouli.) We believe in creative integrity, fair profit sharing, and co-ownership, with every voice being heard.
We are an artist-owned cooperative founded on the principles of equality, respect, and fair distribution of profits. Our contributing artists receive 50% of a Standard License Purchase and 75% of an Extended License Purchase – and every single co-op member receives a share of the company.”
I found Stocksy through the work of some photographers that I follow and I always admired how this artist-owned cooperative showcases the work of their collaborators. It is basically a stock image and video company but with emphasis on the quality and artistic direction.
In August after an inspirational trip to Namibia I decided to take the chance and submit an application to Stocksy. It was not the first time that I thought about this but it was the first time that I felt that I had a chance, the fact that they were looking for artists in the South East Asia region also encouraged me. I sent the application along with a portfolio of images taken while traveling, sat, waited and waited.
Last October, almost two months after, I finally received an email saying that my application was successful and I was now able to sell my images on their website.
I felt quite excited about this, after all the quality of their photographers and the quality of the overall work is incredible and being able to include my images in this very same space is something that I really appreciate.
Now, being part of Stocksy means that I will have to create content that adds value to the cooperative, to have a more conceptual approach and push creativity to the limits, things that I always felt as a shortcoming and weakness in my own work. One of the reasons for this is probably the fact that my favourite disciple in photography is documentary and story telling, areas that don’t necessarily need massive creativity but rather a more observational and realistic approach.
Lets see where this is going to take me – right now you can find me here – and thanks to Stocksy United for having me on board!