Posts Tagged ‘Fans’

Farewell to Emilie

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Emilie Stammers\’ SOTM

AFTER putting a shout out on twitter for volunteers, I was contacted by Emilie Stammers. So we met in Camden for a coffee – or at least I had a drink, as she refused my offer of one, stating that she had just drunk a coffee before my arrival and would “be up all night” if she had another.

We chatted for a while, during which she talked about starting university, her boyfriend, her parents and her dad in particular. Then we went around the corner to a snowy Camden Lock and I took her shot there, along with her video, before we parted.

About a month later I got an email one evening, which I read at the very moment that Ronaldinho scored against Manchester United in their Champions League game. I was shocked by what I read, so I turned away from the football and read the email again to try and make sense of it. It was from someone called Dave, who informed me that he was Emilie’s friend and that she had killed herself about three weeks after I’d taken her photo.

He said she was a big fan of SOTM and “very excited” about appearing on it. He also went on to urge me to use Emilie’s picture and has also set up a Facebook group in her memory.

Although I’d only met Emilie once, I was upset by all this. She was 18, bright, with clearly a lot to live for. But I didn’t want to use her picture if it upset her family, who already had that tragedy to deal with. So I emailed Robin, Emilie’s dad, who looked over the material and gave me his blessing. His testimony about his daughter forms a large part of the blurb beneath her photograph.

So, if you read this blog post, please do visit Emilie’s picture. I think she would have liked that.

Mind Bending

Monday, October 12th, 2009

WOW. That’s all I have to say. Wow. Actually, I do have more to say, as those of you who have actually met me will attest.

I’ve always been a fan of Derren Brown. His sharp suits, his immaculately coiffured, indeed rather pointy, facial fuzz, his ability to make people do whatever he wants (to the extent that I’ve sometimes wondered if he may be in league with Beelzebub).

And now, it seems DB is actually a fan of SOTM. Well, he liked one of my photos anyway.

A few days ago I found that he’d used a SOTM photo on his blog – unsurprisingly it was one of someone who was told ‘You Look Like Derren Brown’. As you can see, he must get it all the time, given there is quite a resemblance. You Look Like Derren BrownThis image was first put up on my site in June 2008, so I’m not sure why DB stumbled across it over a year later. But he did, and I was delighted and flattered that he used it on his own blog (I have a Creative Commons Licence on SOTM, meaning you can use the photos so long as it’s not for commerical use or financial gain).

But wait! There wasn’t any link back to SOTM, so I emailed Phillis, who helps run the blog, to ask if one could be popped on. She wrote back with the following message:

“Hi Mario

I’m afraid that Derren is one of those guys who does exactly what he likes. In the past when we’ve been sued by websites wanting us to pull content – we seem to get rather quick rebuke later on with a full apology and are told to “just take what we like”.

I will ask Derren to do the sign and see what he says. Coops is about too – I’ll see if he can organize it.

Oh and DB says to check out this link:




That link, as you’ll discover, is to a proper post about SOTM on Derren’s website, which has sparked off a fair few comments and quite a few hits back to my site, too. I’m really pleased that it says SOTM is “a nice little concept that illustrates how some of the simplest ideas are the best” because that’s exactly what I’ve always thought about it myself.

I mailed Phillis back to thank her and to ask if DB would like to have a go at SOTM himself. No harm in asking, eh?

Boing Boing

Monday, August 17th, 2009

SO there I was, about to go to Los Angeles to stay with people I didn’t know, in order to take SOTMs of the good citizens of that city.

Jemimah Knight suggested to me that I should look up those who run the hugely popular and rather good Boing Boing website, as they are based in LA. So I did.
Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder, who is one of the co-founders, has a warning on his blog that he receives “hundreds of emails a day” and that he possibly won’t reply to yours. I tried anyway, and to my amazement he wrote back in about 15 mins, saying he’d like to pose for SOTM.

Anyway, weeks later, when I was in LA, I managed to meet up with Mark in a coffee shop, prior to a meeting he was about to have one morning. He was, in a word, great. Very interested in SOTM, he sat through a quick demonstration, and kept urging me to do a book. I also got a cracking shot of him, as you can see here. I was a bit nervous about doing it, as I really didn’t want to stuff up his photo. He’s an illustrator who was once discovered by Billy Idol, no less, so I knew he’d have a critical eye of any image I took (but seemed too polite to be unkind about my work) In any case, he said he liked the dappled effect that the shadows produced on his sign, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

When I got back to dear old Blighty, and posted up his shot, it happily fell to be the 700th that I’ve used. He then blogged about SOTM and I got thousands of hits, I think it was something like 500,000 page views within a few days.

I’ve offered to buy Mark lunch if he ever comes to London, so let’s hope that he takes me up on his offer.


Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

It's All Wired Up To The MoonTHERE was a super piece in the free Metro newspaper about SOTM, thanks to the excellent Tom Phillips who put the piece in and posed for a great SOTM himself.

Although I only saw it in London’s edition of the paper, I ended up getting lots of texts and emails from people in various parts of the country, proving that it got plenty of coverage. One lady even spotted it in Scotland!

Caitie and Amber

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

One day I found dozens of SOTM photos in my inbox. Immediately I thought I’d been spammed, but it turned out that all the emails were genuine. They’d been sent in by two young Americans, Caitie Quezada and Amber Willis from a little town in north Texas. I’ll let Caitie explain their story, and keep an eye out for their work on the site.

“I live in the town of Fritch. Part of why i enjoy the pictures on your site is because, like you mentioned, they are a world away from the one i live here too. I often wonder, “what if i was born there? would i be the same person?” I plan on going to our local college, in Borger for two years (starting this fall) for an associates degree in the study of arts, however it doesnt offer a degree in photography. Caitie Quezada So from there i would like to attend a bigger school for a photography degree. I cant imagine doing anything else with my life, because nothing else makes me happier than capturing moments, that catch my eye, for others to share. I suppose I see the world differently than most people.. as a young teen i was always searching for a way to share myself with the world, and i finally found it :)

“One of my really good friends, Amber, loves photography too (I met her in photo class) and so we’re always going out and doing photo shoots together. I told her about your website, and she too, fell in love. We picked a day we were both free and were going to take several sotm photos, but just of us. It turned into a full-blown scavenger hunt around town for friends and family that would like to join.

“As we drove around the small town of Borger, we also found my cousin, Tyler Reno, working on his car. which i thought would make a neat setting. He gave us his quote, which he was told one time when trying to fix his car. When we ran out of people we knew (neither Amber, nor I are extremely social) we came back to the town of Fritch, which is only about 15 minutes away from Borger. The two towns are practically inter-changeable. Everyone knows Everyone here!! We went to the only grocery store in town, and asked people to join.
Amber Willis
“However Nuuanu Odell was the only one willing to participate. She’s really out-spoken and honest, and when i asked if she was embarrased about posing, she laughed, and stated, “Who?! Me??!” We then went to one of the 4 gas stations in town, “Big Taylor’s” as everyone calls it. This is like a “meeting place” for kids, to found out what’s happenin’ and where it’s goin’ down! We met our friend, Josh Leathers, there (the ‘cuz i like to party’ guy) and he was eager to help. He knows (and is friends with) EVERYONE in town and so he called up a few friends to meet us. Hillary, Shelby, and Rhianna thought the idea was awesome, and were a lot of help. Honestly, what we came up with was a lot of small town humor. Fritch has a population of about 4,000 people, and is located in the heart of the Tx Panhandle. (so we have a lot of rednecks here!!) But also, people really grow as individuals because of the small population. Amber and I (my name is Caitie Quezada) plan on taking more sotm photos of friends, and also of ourselves.

“Thank you for creating “someone once told me”. It’s extremely inspiring, and gives a small town-southern girl like me something to do!!!! :)”

Open Up

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Look In The WingsI met the charming Loma who runs the really rather essential Open Magazine, which gives you everything you wanted to know about arts and culture and such stuff. Happily she liked SOTM and wrote a short piece on it, which you can see here.