Maritime photography, what sells?

As I said in one of my previous blogs, I am a seaman who managed to combine job and love for photography. By travelling all around the world, seeing the parts of the countries which you never even heard of, enjoying the amazing sunsets at the ocean, experiencing the roughness of the North Atlantic Ocean in the winter or monsoon season in Indian Ocean, calm Mediterranean sea during summer, I would like to influence the public opinion which realize that there is a seafarers’ community only when something bad happens. Think how much publicity was around “Costa Concordia”, no doubt without a reason.

But there is a life at sea not only when there is a collision of two vessels or oil pollution, although those pictures are best sellers.

Big container vessel at sunset

If you know that there are specialized agencies which are selling cabins on regular cargo ships trading in different parts of the world, then you can see the potential of this photography. There is a huge number of people who are ready to pay serious money just to be able to transit Panama Canal with a ship or to experience ocean passage from Europe to USA. I will not even mention shorter/coastal navigation business.

Cargo vessel at sunset

Beside those agencies, the number of specialized journals, shipping companies, web sites, Government bodies and NGO in every country is hard to count. Don’t forget, there is huge money in shipping industry and everything related to it.

Queen is in the bay

The big question is, what is interesting, what sells?

My opinion is:life at sea sells. What do I mean? Everything what we, as seamen, experience -sells. Either to motivate a passenger to join a ship for a voyage, student to apply for maritime school, cargo owner to engage a shipping company, investors to invest in maritime sector etc.

A Cat is enjoying the sun

Potential of maritime photography in education, training, legal matters also should not be neglected.

Photo credits: Dragan Janovic.

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October 12, 2018


So many comments... Thanks to everybody!(feeling really happy:)

October 12, 2018


Very good and interesting photo's Dragan, good work!

October 12, 2018


Nice photo !

October 11, 2018


I love the message conveyed in the image with the cat. For us humans, relaxing means getting away on an expensive luxury cruise line. For the cats, it is much simpler... a nap in the warm sun. We too should find more enjoyment out of the simple things! Thanks for writing! William

October 09, 2018


@Bwagner656: many thanks!

October 09, 2018


Amazing photos!

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