At about the time I moved to New Jersey in 1999 the commercial photography world was transformed. Editorial publishers had merged to just a few powerful corporations. Limited licensing was under attack from these giant companies with a phalanx of full time lawyers on staff. It was impossible to operate a business for the small fees and no opportunity to relicense my pictures for stock photography. I didn’t have a lawyer on staff nor could I afford legal advice on every contract. The stock photo business had also consolidated and photographers were getting the short end of the stick from the two big stock agencies Getty and Corbis. Time for a change. I abandoned the commercial world to concentrate on my own projects.