Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Regent's Canal from Kings Cross to Camden - stock photos bound for Alamy and Photoshelter

Last week, with a friend, I took a walk along the Regents Canal in inner London from Kings Cross to Camden Town. It was quite a fruitful stroll in terms of the photos I got, visiting two locations that I had often visited before and connecting them by a new route along the canal towpath.

This article is as much about where those images finish up on the internet as the photos themselves so before showing the images, I should explain the whys and wherefores of Alamy and, my photo archive site...

Alamy is a major UK online picture library with a global reach. Photos placed with them, when licenses are sold, are most likely to finish up in newspapers, magazines and books. This is the editorial market, the photos do not have to be necessarily pretty, interesting or arty to sell, they just have to be useful to the publisher. With 402 pages of 15 images per page at the link there are now over 6,000 of my photos available through the site.

What I describe as my image archive is at It carries less photos than Alamy for two main reasons - 1) I no longer load my more utilitarian images to my archive and 2) coming along later, much of my photography before 2008 is not available on my archive at all. Seldom will a photo be sold from my archive to a newspapers, magazines and book publisher - most of the sales here will be requests for prints. It's a different audience.

Returning to the Regents Canal, here are the photos that will be appearing both at Alamy AND my archive:

Blue traditional terraced cottages amidst grey on Regents Canal*
Visitors at Camden Lock Market, now given over to specialty street food stalls
Hot dogs and crispy squid - street food stalls at Camden Lock Market
People on the Regents Canal passing the Gasholder Park development.
Hoarding carrying illustrations in front of Gasholder Park construction
The Kings Cross Gasholder Park Development*
Gasholder No. 8, Gasholder Park*
Gasholder No. 8, Gasholder Park*
The Regents Canal under Chalk Farm Road bridge

Futuristic homes on the Regents Canal at the rear of Sainsburys, Camden Town
Adorned sculptural metalwork entrance to the Regents Canal, Camden Town, London
Modern developments around the Regents Canal at Kings Cross, London
The Regents Canal towpath at Elm Village, London

These images, all monochrome, are bound for Photoshelter only but for some a colour version will be heading for Alamy:

Camley Street Natural Park on the Regents Canal at St Pancras*
A narrowboat manoeuvring through Camden Town on the Regents Canal
The canalside homes at Sainsburys Camden Town*
A nondescript office block on Camden Road viewed from the Regents Canal
Canalside architecture around the Camden Road Bridge at Camden Town, London
Graffiti on the Regents Canal Towpath where it meets St Pancras Way
The Fair Lady at Camden Lock
And finally, these are the photos that will go to Alamy only. They are selected because I deem them less interesting or that the colour version is more saleable to the editorial market:

Visitors at Camden Market, London in the area at Camden Lock given over to specialty and gourmet  street food stalls
Gasholder Park development, Kings Cross viewed from Granary Square
A security man at Granary Square, Kings Cross, London
A narrowboat carrying cargo manoeuvring through Camden Town at Camden Lock on the Regents Canal
A nondescript office block on Camden Road viewed from the Regents Canal at Camden Town, London
Canalside architecture off the towpath around the Camden Road Bridge at Camden Town, London
St Pancras Hospital water tower, Granary Street, London
Glutton electric powered street vacuum cleaner at Kings Cross, London
The cruising restaurant  narrowboat Fair Lady moored beneath a Welcome to Camden mural
Futuristic homes on the Regents Canal designed by architects Nicholas Grimshaw
Things may turn out differently but those are my plans for these right now. You were most probably only interested in the photos weren't you?

* Finally, (not wanting to confuse things too much!) some of these images are good enough to be extracted from the thousands on these two sites and placed with the far fewer on my portfolio site I'll get around to that sometime!


  1. It's actually quite interesting to see what images you choose to place with Alamy vs which you might be able to sell through Light Touch.
    I have thought about photo libraries but have never done anything about it.

    1. Thanks for the note Simon. There's no particular science to it, but I do try to keep the most utilitarian images away from Light Touch. Also if I think something is going to be more desirable as a monochrome print, it's that version that goes on Light Touch. Light Touch is also a bit of a record for me of my modest travels which is good as I make far more money from Alamy!