Last week I launched Stock Sandwich, together with the amazing guys at Little Lightbulb, which was an idea that came about when repeatedly trying to find good quality, free stock imagery. The free stock sites out there only gave away pretty poor photos, put barriers in the way in the form of sign-ups or ‘tweet to download’ conditions and gave a raw deal to its contributors.
Stock Sandwich is a free, high-resolution stock image site. It’s our way of giving back to design, marketing and the open source culture, whilst providing photographers with a platform to showcase their talents.
I know there may be a few concerns about setting up a service whereby artists’ work can be downloaded totally free of charge, however Stock Sandwich has been set up to pick up where the majority of free stock websites have failed photographers.
Most free stock photo websites get opened up to the public to submit whatever they like, with little or no quality control and to very limited benefit to the image author. If an automated profile page is generated for that photographer, it’s often pretty useless as a representation of that person and rarely links out to a portfolio or provides contact information.
We’re building a platform from which carefully chosen photographers and their hand-picked shots can be positively showcased to thousands of designers, marketers and other professionals. Not only will they be featured throughout the site, they will be personally introduced to our fans via our newsletter and social media for maximum impact.
I’ve contributed just over 200 of my own photographs, some of which you will see on the portfolio of this website, and will be adding more in the coming weeks and months as we learn more about the types of images that are most sought after.
If you haven’t already, head over to https://stocksandwich.com to see what we’ve produced so far!