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#1 John Bantin

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:59 PM

As an advertising photographer in the '80s, I did a picture of a Walls Pork Sausage that was very successful for the product and its advertising agency but put me in danger of being Britain's top sausage photographer (and never being asked to do an ad for Guinness, Toyota, Petfoods etc). That's because people like to put you in a pigeonhole. I turned down any commission that involved sausages after that and enjoyed a successful career being pigeonholed instead as a 'safe pair of hands'.

Since I gave up that career to go diving, I've concentrated on underwater photography and have built up a library of around 350,000 pictures over 20 years. I may not be an award-winner but I have found a steady demand for these pictures that net me a useful amount of money each month. However, I've made my name as a diving writer (despite the fact that my pictures are used to illustrate my articles and articles written by others and are seen (unattributed) elsewhere.

I was recently commissioned to write a book of short stories about diving and the 70,000 word manuscript is now with the publisher. I am the author.

Imagine my surprise when the marketing dept. of the publisher (in charge of the cover design) sent me their finalised version of the cover of my book with a photograph by someone else!

Well, I'm a writer. How could I possibly have made any suitable pictures!

Pigeonholed again!

(I just wanted to share my anguish with you all!)

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#2 RWBrooks

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:57 PM

Could be worse, you could have been Britain's top sausage photographer......
What an accolade.....

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#3 John Bantin

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:27 AM

Could be worse, you could have been Britain's top sausage photographer......
What an accolade.....



Exactly...By the way, I was with Navot and Tova a couple of weeks ago.

Edited by John Bantin, 15 December 2011 - 12:27 AM.

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#4 scorpio_fish

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 03:22 AM

Heck, I thought the story was going to go full circle and the cover shot of your book was going to be ......a sausage.
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#5 Drew

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:32 AM

You just need a better agent, John. :)

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#6 Cerianthus

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

:) :lol: where is a `like` button when you need one....
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#7 DeanB

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:56 PM

I'm apparently known as the 'Pike-man' at the Natural History Unit... Great to be known,
although the 'Manta' or even 'Tropical water' man would have been better for location work ... :)

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#8 johnjvv

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:02 AM

Let us see the picture of the sausage!!!

#9 John Bantin

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:13 AM

Let us see the picture of the sausage!!!

Alas, I have no way of scanning a 10x8 transparency!

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#10 Nige Wade

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 04:47 AM

Let us see the picture of the sausage!!!


I'm sure JB's Sausage isn't as impressive as he makes out :)

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#11 PRC

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 05:29 AM

Harsh but fair Nige - he is getting on a bit......

(moving back a safe distance....)

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#12 loftus

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:09 AM

I'm sure JB's Sausage isn't as impressive as he makes out :)

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#13 Drew

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:21 AM

It's very disconcerting when sausages and Playboy in the forum, especially when it's JB's. :)

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#14 John Bantin

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:33 PM

It's very disconcerting when sausages and Playboy in the forum, especially when it's JB's. :)



Get it right! Penthouse! (A rather long time ago. Do you want to see my pictures of naked grandmas? They weren't grandmas when I photographed them!)

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:59 PM

Ah remember it well do you John ? - years before photoshopping / inflation of such 'assets' became the norm.

Have to go careful here or we will be dragging Jeff in for a professional assessment......

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