Stock photography of pollution and the environment/urban decay
Always a good seller this and sadly, an ongoing subject worth shooting.
People all over the world are waking up and becoming more aware of their environment. Not so much to “save the world” although that is important, it is more for the safety and future of our children. I know it is for me.
Everywhere you go nowadays you will see some form of pollution such as trolleys in a river or under a bridge, litter on the streets or smoke billowing out of an industrial plant.
This next shot is quite interesting.
It does deal with urban decay to an extent because parts of Spain are having problems with their land. Where they are cutting down trees to make way for roads and buildings, the rainfall (which gets quite bad in Spain) has nowhere to go. Whereas the trees used to give some protection, now landslides can be fairly common.
I nearly hit this one day so I jumped out and took just one photo.
That photo sold in 2008 for $392.
As I keep saying, don’t think too much about what you are shooting, go with your gut instinct. Anything that jumps out at you, shoot it!
You may be able to tell at this point but I love stock photography. It is so unpredictable and addictive it is hard to stop thinking about your next big shoot or opportunity.
In fact, once this whole course is written (obviously by the time you read this), I will be sorting and uploading my backlog of images as well as planning and shooting a whole new library of stock.
So, the next time you are out and about with your camera, keep your eyes peeled for anything that you think could illustrate decay, pollution or simply man destroying this beautiful planet.
Rather than me do it this time, why not make your own list of ideas as we continue? By the end you should have a formidable list of possible and stock worthy subjects!
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