My photos of Reykjavik published in Rolling Stone magazine! Yey!

Reykjavik article in Rolling Stone magazine

It was an ordinary Friday morning in March, like every other morning. I poured cereal into a bowl, splashed in some rice milk and turned on my laptop. At the top of my inbox I noticed an email from a woman I had never corresponded with before.

I was suspicious.

The woman claimed to work for the Germany edition of Rolling Stone magazine and announced they were doing a feature on Reykjavik, she continued by asking whether they could use a few of the photos from my blog.

Now I was very suspicious.

Ever since I was little I remember the Rolling Stone magazine stretched across shelves of bookshops and supermarkets. Admittedly, I never bought it, however, when they released their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time I spent a long time whittling my way through it – Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Chuck Berry, The Who, Pink Floyd, Neil Young – it was a list that made getting the bus to my first part-time job somewhat bearable.

Anyway, I’m digressing.

Why would Rolling Stone magazine want to use my humble little photos?

Thousands of free photos are available for them so I felt a little perplexed as to why they wanted to use some of mine when they could use professional ones. At one point I though it might be a hoax email. It seemed more realistic to believe it was a hoax, rather than believing Rolling Stone magazine actually wanted to use one or more of my photos (I know, I know, I’m so self-deprecating, that’s why I’m writing this post to let you know I’m a published photographer :)). But really, it’s Rolling Stone magazine – why would they want to use my amateurish photographs?!

Anyway, I replied with high resolution photos and stared constantly at my inbox for days afterwards thought little of it.

A few days later I received a reply asking for my address so a copy of the magazine could be posted to me.

I was still suspicious.

A few days later it slipped through my letter box.

Only then, did I believe it was no hoax.

I wasted no time tearing open the envelop to uncover the shiny front cover. I didn’t recognise the man, Jan Delay, throwing punches on the front cover – should I? As I turned over the cover with childish anticipation I saw the photo I had taken of Reykjavik gleaming back at me in the content page.

Rolling Stone Magazine Germany edition

Bird's Eye view of Reykjavik

I whizzed through the pages of the article to see if any more of the ones I had supplied had been included, and hurrah! I spotted another panoramic shot of Reykjavik.

Article on Reykjavik in Rolling Stone Magazine

Alas, it’s a shame I can’t speak German, but I’m sure the article is a riveting read (the photo of the Blue Lagoon and Bjรถrk tells me so). If you can speak the language and happen to be in Germany now, perhaps you could let me know what you think of the article? It’s in the shops until the end of this month (April 2014).

I hope I will receive more emails like the one I received on that ordinary, Friday morning at the beginning of March. They are the kind of emails that make having a travel blog worth while, and give me an indication that I’m doing something right at least. Often, as I babble on about museums, the Arctic, or life in London, I feel as though I only have myself as a reader, and whist I enjoy whispering sweet nothings to myself, it’s also nice to know that it isn’t just my dad who reads my blog.

Hi dad.

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'My photos of Reykjavik published in Rolling Stone magazine! Yey!' have 29 comments

  1. April 12, 2014 @ 11:07 am Charlie

    Congrats! That’s super cool =)


    • April 12, 2014 @ 12:05 pm admin

      Thank you Charlie! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. April 12, 2014 @ 11:49 am Kat Hannaford

    This is amazing Shing, well done! The photo on the contents page in particular is beautiful x


    • April 12, 2014 @ 12:08 pm admin

      Ahhh Kat, nice to see your gorgeous face here! (But of course it’s always better in real life!)
      Thank you, I was quite stoked about it hehe – obviously it was a fluke!


  3. April 12, 2014 @ 12:40 pm Michela of Rocky Travel Blog

    Congrats, that’s a lovely reward for your work!


    • April 12, 2014 @ 4:16 pm admin

      Thank you Michela! It’s given me the impetus to invest a little more effort into my blog now because I enjoyed that reward very much! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. April 12, 2014 @ 2:03 pm Richard

    Well done you, very jealous and surprised the mag didn’t want to use a pic of you at the penis museum!


    • April 12, 2014 @ 4:44 pm admin

      Haha, I didn’t actually attach the photo of myself draped over a whale’s penis in high resolution! I thought it would make them question my credibility ๐Ÿ˜‰ But perhaps I was wrong… I think the world needs to know more about the Penis Museum – my bad!!


  5. April 12, 2014 @ 2:15 pm Suzel Taber-Shaw

    Did they credit you?


    • April 12, 2014 @ 4:44 pm admin

      Yes, yes, they did ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. April 12, 2014 @ 2:35 pm Rob E

    Amazing -congrats, Shing! Onwards and upwards ๐Ÿ™‚


    • April 12, 2014 @ 4:45 pm admin

      Thank you Rob! Hope all in Yorkshire is goooood! ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. April 13, 2014 @ 4:52 pm Colleen Brynn

    Hey girl, that’s MAJOR!!! Congrats!


    • April 14, 2014 @ 10:29 pm admin

      Thanks Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. April 14, 2014 @ 12:03 am jenny@atasteoftravel

    Congratulations Shing. That’s so exciting for you!


    • April 15, 2014 @ 8:54 pm admin

      Thanks Jenny, but it was a fluke – I’m happy to run with it though! haha


  9. April 14, 2014 @ 10:37 am Lizzie

    Congrats Shing, that’s awesome! Great photos ๐Ÿ™‚


    • April 18, 2014 @ 9:36 am admin

      Thank Lizzie, although no skill was involved, just a bit of luck!


  10. April 15, 2014 @ 4:47 pm Ruann l Solo Travel Uncut

    I don’t think there’s anything finer than featuring in Rolling Stone. Wait, maybe getting on a dark winged horse and visiting some of the above mention artists (among others) on the island they’ve been chilling on, but not even that sounds as cool as “Check out my photos in the Rolling Stone!”. I have to admit, I’m jealous as hell. Congratulations Shing! Cool name by the way, it reminds me of summer, and crazy winter fairies, entwined.



    • April 18, 2014 @ 6:32 pm admin

      I want to fly away with those crazy winter fairies…


  11. April 16, 2014 @ 2:24 pm Ola

    Congrats Shing! And the photos are beautiful so the fact that they wanted to use them shouldn’t surprise you ๐Ÿ™‚


    • April 21, 2014 @ 7:56 am admin

      Ahhh thanks Ola, hopefully it won’t be the last time my photos are put to similar use! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Although Reykjavik did the hard work… it’s just so damn striking from a bird’s eye view).


  12. April 16, 2014 @ 4:46 pm Mike | Earthdrifter

    I thought the photo of the rooftops was amazing when first saw it. Congrats on the great momentum boost! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • April 21, 2014 @ 7:59 am admin

      Thanks Mike – certainly a nice little boost! Hope you’re having lots of travel filled days!


  13. May 8, 2014 @ 2:46 pm MarcF

    That’s pretty fantastic.
    Same thought (“it is a bloody scam”) would have gone through my mind for sure.
    You should have asked for some money.
    Or a free life-time subscription on Rolling stone magazine….you could get fluent in German that way ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great photos as well.


    • May 20, 2014 @ 9:04 am admin

      Haha I would like to be fluent in German… and that would be quite a novel way! However, seeing it in print was the prize in itself ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. August 3, 2014 @ 4:50 pm Han Yan

    Herzlichen Glรผckwunsch! Das war durchaus toll!


  15. October 31, 2014 @ 11:38 am Escape Hunter

    It’s awesome, it’s ubelievable, it’s very nice. Congratulations!


  16. October 31, 2014 @ 11:39 am Escape Hunter

    …correction: “unbelievable” ๐Ÿ˜›


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