Our latest analytics tell me that 9,328 unique people visited the fotoLibra Pro Blog in the last month and it had 19,999 pageviews. Damn. Only one to go.

Today I want to tell you about fotoFringe 2012. Now you’re all unique, and you’re all lovely — but I don’t actually know who many of you are. I inform fotoLibra buyers and sellers when I’ve posted a new blog, as well as most people I know. My high-flying niece Shân always obliges with an out-of-office auto-reply — “I am out of the office on business in the US / Switzerland / Australia / Chile / Singapore (insert exotic location here) and will only have limited access to e-mails.”

67.76% of you are from the UK, 9.42% from the USA, 22.82% from elsewhere. What I would have expected. I don’t know if these visiting figures are good or bad, or what to compare them to.

But from the comments that are made, most respondees are photographers.

So this blog posting isn’t for you.

This one is for that rara avis, the professional picture buyer.

Now because we are so cripplingly shy at fotoLibra, we never get out of the office. We seldom dare to speak in the office either, we just email each other. Jacqui never even leaves her eyrie in Snowdonia. So we are terrified of picture buyers and very nervous about meeting them. But we want to and we need to, because the ones that we do meet are all so sweet and kind to us, not frightening at all. It’s just that … well, have you ever tried cold calling? Have you ever received an unwanted telephone call? It is the most disheartening, dispiriting experience for both sides. Even if the caller is offering something the answerer may want, now is almost always not the right time.  Today I’m sitting here in Harlech, baking in sunshine, and the phone has rung three times in the past 30 minutes. I am alone in the office, and because of the vagaries of Welsh telephony the phone is four rooms away from my computer. I can choose to be with one or the other; not both. Three times I have jumped up to answer the phone; three times a bland recorded voice says “Our records show you may be owed thousands from Personal Protection Payments.” There’s not even anyone to shout at. So I rant to a keyboard which dutifully records my raging fingers.

Get to the point, Headley. We do have a chance to meet professional picture buyers, and it’s called fotoFringe. The first event was last year. We gulped, we set up our trestle table (this is not major league stuff) and we were astonished and delighted by the picture editors, researchers and buyers we met and by the number of them! I calculated we made 58 good contacts during the day. It was the best exhibition we’ve ever done.

Until April 26th this year, of course, when fotoFringe 2012 takes place at King’s Place in King’s Cross, London. It’s bigger than last year. We hope it will be even better, although it’s hard to see how it can be bettered.

We will be able to look picture researchers in the eye (we hope), shake their hands, and show them the wondrous imagery our talented members have assembled. We can tell them about Picture Calls. We can tell them about advanceImages. We can show off our extremely user-friendly new website (we keep hoping).

Maybe we’ll make 59 good contacts. So if you are a picture editor, or researcher, or buyer, we hope you’ll find time to come and see us at fotoFringe. If we’re hiding under our table in terror, there are 89 other picture libraries to meet there. Entry is free; all you have to do is register here. The show is only for professional picture users, so photographers aren’t allowed — the fotoFringe organisers, led by the redoubtable and lovely Flora Smith, say:

“This is a privately created and managed networking event for professional picture users and picture libraries, conceived, created and managed by TopFoto as fotofringe London.
“It is not a forum where we are seeking new contributors. This private one day only event is not open to photographers, service providers, nor the general public.”

Sorry about that. But you can email us at fotoLibra at any time, or ideally participate by commenting on the blog. After all, 19,999 pageviews can’t be ignored.

Oh —  but by reading this, YOU must have personally taken it up to 20,000 pageviews. Thank you very, very much!

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13 Responses to “Not for your eyes only”

  1. Gwyn Headley says:

    And today’s out-of-office autoreply from my everloving niece Shân tells me she’s away on business in India this week!

  2. James Lake says:

    Moi, 20,002 je crois.

  3. Mike Reed says:

    Hope fotoFringe goes well, and that you make lots of useful contacts, Mike

  4. Antony Roe says:

    I sympathize with your telephone problems, these pests needing covering in pesticide. I am going to invest in a ‘phone which displays the caller’s number so I can ignore the unwanted. Tried the TPS but these pests seem to get round the restriction. Good wishes for the London Foto Fringe do. Tony Roe

  5. And another 1.

    Good luck at fotoFringe, Gwyn. Doubtless you’d prefer to be in India with your niece (possibly ‘working’ on a nice beach), but I’m sure that all the contributors here are happy that you’re staying at home slogging away for us all!

  6. jean cave says:

    Travelling nomad with camera in hand just popping in to say Hi.

  7. Ann Parry says:

    Status report? fotolibra.com appears to be “Not for anyone’s eyes” in recent days, though it’s good to see that blog.fotolibra.com is back. all the best, Ann

  8. Nicolas says:

    Wish all of us GOD’s blessings this year with more new sales!

    Have camera will travel………

    I am always moving from place to place and trying to photograph the myriad of things that I think would be of interest to a potential Buyer.

    Any suggestions as I travel the globe? Please, just let me know. Thanks for all of your continued Professionalism in this interesting business.

  9. Martyn Osman says:

    Inster-fotolibra, ? No.
    You could sell for billions and retire.