This past weekend I received a catalogue from National Geographic Expeditions. You can image my surprise to find one of my Omo images on the forth page as a 1/2 page ad. There are actually three images in the beautiful 140 page catalogue. I had several emotional reactions at once. One was to do a happy dance, one was to cry, one was anger and the last was to laugh at the irony. Why? I was trilled to see my images in a National Geographic Publican, but since they were licensed through Getty images, there was no credit given for the photographs. Then the reality, irony, really set in……. my images were being used to sell the National Geographic Expeditions to the Omo Valley, so in essence my images are being used to compete with the trips that I lead to the Omo Valley. Now one must keep their sense of humor about these things or throw ones hands up and cry.
In the end, it is just another day in the life of a photographer; a roller coast full of thrills, disappointments, excitement, fear and laughter.
The first image below is also being used on their website. It is a photograph of Nadiri from the Suri tribe. I have been photographing her for the past three years and I love working with her. She is beautiful, could be a professional model, and always makes me laugh. The group that went with me to the Suri last year also photographed her. For those of you who joined me, she was the model I used to photograph the Free People shirt and catalogue. The second image is the one used for the half page ad on page 4 and the last one was used on the page that list the itinerary. It is interesting to see what images others choose for publication. I think I have much stronger images that were available and these would not have been my first choice.