Yesterday and today have been really good to me. Got lots of exposure from my Starbucks images yesterday, including my first image published in TIME, which was rad. At the end of April I'd pitched 30 of my "Gayborhood" images to TIME's popular photo blog, Lightbox. Evidently the editors in the room were impressed, but just weren't connected enough with current events. I'd hoped tying them in with the upcoming gay pride parades would be strong enough, but I guess something along those lines was already planned. Not rejected - just not chosen. It was my first time putting the work out there, so it was definitely a good first step. The possibility had been very exciting, and so getting an image featured by TIME two months later is a pretty good feeling.
Below is a selection of Starbucks tearsheets. David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement also reached out this morning. Unfortunately, by the time I was able to get back to him, he'd already run a shot from Starbucks' Twitter account. But it was good to make that connection for next time. And, Oh! Friend since high school, Katie Rogers, who now works at The New York Times, let me know they wouldn't be using any of the images this go-around, but that the photo editor passed my info on to their national photo editor so they know there's another photog in Seattle in the future. Nothing wrong with that! And, interestingly, looking at which outlets were best at referring hits to this site, Towleroad outshines the rest by a lot, which I didn't expect.
I'll post the accompanying images of CEO Howard Schultz soon, which I was kind of surprised took such a backseat to the images of the actual flag. I'll also share the media clippings from the Guinness Record-breaking drag performance at Neighbours last Thursday night. But first, have to get some editing done!
Also, Happy Birthday yesterday, Dad!