Shantanu Starick hasn’t spent a dime in over two years; yet amazingly, he’s traveled to five continents and 15 countries. How'd he pull it off?
Well, much like JT did with sexy, the Australian photographer is bringing barter back. He created The Pixel Trade, a blog on which he documents trading his photography skills for life's necessities. From weddings and wine bars, to high fashion spreads, if you score him a place to stay, feed him, and buy him a ticket TO his next gig (that's the weird part, you gotta pay to get him OUT of town), he'll take your pictures.
Or, if you really want him to shoot your ironic Gatsby-themed adult Quinceañera but can’t afford to fly him to Spokane (and he's not already booked), there's a section on his site that allows you and your friends (or just people from the same place) to pool their funds to get him to their city. Wheewwww, party pics!
Either way, so far the dude has made 184 trades and has taken pictures for some pretty big clients, including Brooklyn Industries, Tumblr, Vimeo, and Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters. And he's been taking advance bookings for a full year now. We had a chance to chat with Shantanu via email and -- despite the fact that he was a bit cagey in advance of an upcoming book -- this is what he told us about life trading pictures.