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Joe Cornish – Reader’s Questions

Part Two

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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Just before Christmas we asked our readers for a bunch of questions that we could put to Joe Cornish when he visited next and the response was fantastic. In the end we recorded two hours of audio but to keep installments to a useful length (a lot of people say they listen to them over breakfast or during a commute) we’ve split it into half hour sections.

So, a big thank you to Joe and everyone who submitted their questions and here’s the second section..

We've also included an incidental collection of snowy images to run alongside this item.

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  • John Dunne

    Thank you posing my question Tim, and thank you Joe for your usual candour. I think you are absolutely spot on when you speak of delivering on your vision rather then trying the 2nd guess your clients. As you said, they chose you (hopefully) because they like your work.

    The motivation for my question was because I recently completed my 1st major nature/landscape/botanical type commission. I was approached to photograph about 40 rare plants for a innovative audio/visual tour at a botanical gardens, which was seeing a massive renovation. They wanted to be able to show visitors what each plant looked like across the seasons and therefore I was working on it for 12 months. In addition to the plants the brief wanted me to show the “romantic’ side of the gardens for brochures, etc.

    When I set about crafting the contract, locking down on the brief and my deliverables, and in particular licensing/exclusivity I found no guidance for this genre of commission. I eventually wrote it from scratch, had a solicitor review it and then worked with the client to finalise to make sure everyone was 100% comfortable with my deliverables and the commercial arrangements.

    BTW the final agreement was

    a) fixed number of days at a fixed day-rate and I took the risk on weather/conditions/ etc;
    b) all images produced came with a 5 year license for on-site usage i.e. tour, signage, visitor centre,
    c) a pre-selected set of 6 images came with a 12 month worldwide ‘marketing’ license,
    d) and finally 12 month exclusivity on everything.

    This leaves the door open to negotiate an extension on any of the three, and assuming they do not wish to extend exclusivity I have a potential revenue stream in stock for a collection of images of very rare plants (that are not currently in any stock libraries as that was why I was originally approached)

    I wrote a very short piece on it on my own blog last month.

    It was a fantastic experience and one I am hoping I get a chance to repeat :)

  • Thank you, Joe. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and greatly appreciate the efforts you go to to share your thoughts openly as part of a community. Your comments about living each day well, and going out with a ‘what if’ state of mind were particularly interesting – I wonder if the combination of the two yields better images through nurturing a healthy and receptive state of mind? Regards, Michael.

  • kevin-allan

    With regard to the “incidental” images, I wasn’t clear if these were all Joe’s images ? If not, credits for the photographer would be useful.

    • All Joe’s – I should probably put credits on each one anyway…

      • kevin-allan

        I was surprised by the silvery-grey trees image – it looks different to Joe’s usual style and it that image that made my wonder.

        • That’s definitely Joe’s – taken with a little Ricoh I believe..

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