Someone on a forum suggested that due to the depressing state of our industry, some jokes were in order. Well, being one to offend, I made up the following.
Â Three Stock Photographers show up at the pearly gates. Peter, guarding the gate, turns to the first photographer and asks, “What brings you here?” The first photog answers, “I was photographing cars to sell on MicroStock sites.” Peter says, “That’ll be a dollar to get in. Take the escalator on the left.” The mircostocker pays his dollar, takes the escalator on the left, and descends promptly to the depths of hell.
Peter then turns to the second shooter and asks the same question, “What brings you here?” The shooter replies, “I was photographing cars to sell in an RF Collection.”Â Peter responds by saying, “That’ll be $299.00 to get in, and take the middle escalator. The RF Photographer pays his money, and the escalator moves him off to the side, and through a door labled, “Purgatory”.
Peter then turns to the third photog with the same question, to which the answer received is, “I was so depressed over my industry that I decided to try something new, so I was getting all set to photograph cars to sell through my Rights Managed Agency.” Peter says, “That’ll be $1,500.00 to get in, take the escalator on the right – go all the way up to the top floor.” The third photog pays his money, grumbling under his breath about the high cost to get in.
As he was making his way to the escalator, the photographer feels a tug on his arm. “Before you go,” said Peter, “don’t you think there should be some kind of “unathorized use” penalty for running down those other two photographers with your car?” Before the photog can mutter a word, Peter brushes him along saying, “Aw, what the heck. I’m sure you won’t do it again. Besides, at $1,500.00 a week to stay here, we should at least be nice to you on your first day.”