Over the past year I, and many others in advertising, have been subjected to a daily barrage of spam email from photographer reps.
And i mean every single day. without fail. completely unsolicited.
It was initially just annoying.
And over time it became grating.
And now it’s reached ludicrous proportions.
And i’m not having it anymore. I respond to every single one (before reporting it as spam) with a very direct and frank response.
What on earth are these people thinking?
Well, they’re not thinking.
Clearly someone sold them all a list of ad agency emails and they’re just pounding away like a howitzer.
Back in the day, my snail mailbox at the big agency used to be inundated with postcard style mailers from photographers.
And occasionally, you’d see one that you liked.
And if you liked it enough you’d stick it on your wall perhaps.
And if you needed a photographer, the person who shot the mailer you liked stood a chance of getting a job. So it worked.
Needless to say most just got tossed into the wastebasket.
A nicely lit shot of a slice of pie isn’t going to excite your average jaded ad person.
But we understood that photographers, like all of us, need to promote our wares.
And it was relatively harmeless. Landfill issues aside.
But this relentless email spam has got to stop.
I understand too that the print medium (and consequently demand for photographers) has been most hurt by the rise of the internet.
But that’s not my fault or my problem.
And resorting to this most desperate of tactics isn’t helping anybody.
I love photography. Everybody loves a pleasing image.
But spam email puts you in the same league as vendors of penis enlargers and viaggggarrraaaa sellers.
You’re only hurting yourselves.
(a nice piece of pie)