Bitcoin is not just an easy and convenient way for retailers to accept digital payments, but it could prove to be a valuable source of income for individuals and freelancers as well. Abigail Scarlett is a London-based photographer and a firm believer of the potential presented by Bitcoin as both a currency and a technology. Therefore, she is launching a unique initiative for the next six months.
London’s First Bitcoin-only Photographer
Having a passion for Bitcoin is a bonus when you start exploring the impact it can have on your financial situation. We have seen both businesses and individuals start accepting Bitcoin payments for goods and services provided, so it was only a matter of time until freelancers and journalists started exploring this option as well.
Abigail Scarlett firmly believes that Bitcoin has a very bright future ahead and she is willing to put her “money” where her mouth is. Over the next six months, she will only accept photography work that is paid in Bitcoin. While it may seem that she is limiting herself to a “niche” crowd, it also raises awareness of Bitcoin in London and around the world.
Once Abigail discovered Bitcoin in 2014, she decided it was time to do more than just sit on the sidelines and see how things played out. Or to be more precise, she became an active member of the Bitcoin community, both online and in the city of London. By meeting up with other people and spreading the word about Bitcoin, she hopes to bring the future that this disruptive technology holds one step closer to becoming a reality.
By launching the Abby Bitcoin photography website – through which she will only be accepting the aforementioned Bitcoin work for the next six months – she became London’s very first Bitcoin-only photographer. Furthermore, she immediately found two customers willing to take her up on the offer, as two sisters wanted to do a portrait shoot with smoke bombs.
“I fully understand how risky my decision only to accept Bitcoin payments is, but I choose to view it as a brilliant way of introducing people to Bitcoin, rather than a burden to business.” – Abigail Scarlett
Abigail Scarlett has had a great career in the world of photography to date. She started out doing freelance work for companies, models, and fashion magazines in exchange for US Dollars. But when you live in London, there is not much use for USD, and you need to exchange it to the local GBP currency anyway. As Bitcoin payments can be valued in either currency – USD, EUR, GBP, CNY or whichever local currency you need – it opened up a lot of perspectives for her career.
Granted, this initiative may be a bit risky, but it is well worth trying in Abigail’s mind. She has set up a “pay what you can afford” basis for her customers to pay for her work so that Abigail can cover her basic costs. It is just a matter now of figuring out a fee that works for both parties and that shouldn’t be all that difficult in the end.
“If you are strapped for cash Bitcoin, I will still consider doing the shoot. Just remember my bitcoin wallet address when you eventually get super rich and famous!” Abigail Scarlett told the media.
If this project becomes a success, which we sincerely hope it will, Abigail Scarlett plans to start a physical Abby Bitcoin photo studio and coffee shop in Central London. Not only will you be able to enjoy a cup of coffee here, but the venue will also be used for photo shoots, hosting Bitcoin meetups and even house a commission-free Bitcoin ATM.
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