Advertising photography is everywhere. How effective is yours?
The purpose of all advertising at its root is to invoke in the viewer the sense that they too could have the lifestyle you present. It is not about the functionality of the product, it is not about the special features. It is all about the potential customer seeing themselves as part of the owning group.
“So, what do you do for a living then?” “I’m in advertising, innit…”
Here’s an old image. It was December, 2004 and I was stalking the streets of Edinburgh one afternoon, with my very first Digital SLR, a Nikon D70, (before that I’d relied on my Nikon FM2 and a Bronica 645), when I noticed this utterly dejected figure, standing in the bitterly cold wind, advertising pub lunches. Yet at the same time – he’s reading a paperback, folded in his hands!