I've known Mark King for a few years now; we were introduced over email by a mutual friend, shortly after Mark had moved back to Barbados after many years away. Mark and I have chatted and emailed many times, but we've never met in person. I can't imagine this fact would be anything out of the ordinary in 2013, but I'm bringing it up because it's closely related to Mark's own challenge with photography. While living in Barbados, he's used the internet to create interest in his work on a wide range of sites—he's been featured on LPV, Live Fast Mag, BOOOOOOM and so on—but it's been difficult, he says, to make this translate to anything concrete. He imagined that "online recognition would turn into international commissions," but now thinks this approach is "unrealistic." I've noticed that in the Behind the Notes features (where we talk to people whose images have gone viral on Tumblr) that it's quite rare for anything to come of this online exposure. Of course I'm not trying to suggest that the internet is useless for photographers, but I do think that Mark's experience is an instructive one.