Stormy photo ends up Saving Grace in Hollywood

April 18, 2008

An amateur has been inspired to pursue photography more seriously after American TV producers spotted his dramatic holiday snap on the photo sharing website Flickr.

Producers of US TV drama Saving Grace paid Jack McGeown $600 for two of his ‘dust storm’ shots, captured while on a recent skiing trip to Colorado.

?I had taken some time out to drive out to the east of Denver to try to capture something of the savage west,? said Jack, 33, who lives in Dublin, Ireland.

The extra cash was a bonus for the tourist who hadn?t expected to get paid anything for his pictures when he uploaded them to Flickr.

A few weeks after uploading the images he received an email from Hollywood-based production company Prologue Films, enquiring if his photos were available for licensing.

?They had found the photo (pictured) by searching in Flickr for photographs tagged with the words ?dust storm?, he told us.

Jack said that producers wanted to use the shots for a ?promotional slot? and offered to buy the rights to use the photographs on an ?unlimited basis? for a single payment.

?I presume [Flickr] may represent a cheaper alternative to purchasing from stock photography companies and is probably indicative of the shift to digital photography,? added Jack who used a Canon EOS 350D camera with an 17-85mm lens and a graduated (ND8) filter.

It seems the producers didn’t seem to mind the reflection of the vehicle’s dashboard in the photo.

Saving Grace stars Holly Hunter who plays a police detective.

Picture credit: Jack McGeown

Dust Storm, Jack McGeown