In July 2018, Google revealed their personalized Live Cases for their Google Pixel phones. The cases featured designs by Google as well as designs and photographs by other artists found on Unsplash. I received an email informing me that my photo of Grey Whale Cove in Pacifica, CA was chosen by Google to be featured on their “Beach Escapes” collection of cases. These cases also came with a code that can be scanned by the code to give the user access to a free wallpaper of the same photograph. As a thank you, Google sent me my own free Google Pixel case with my photograph. Even though I don’t own a Pixel phone, this was a very big accomplishment and will always be a great token of my work.
Imagine browsing through Spotify, Apple Music, etc., checking up on your favourite artists, and then seeing a very familiar picture for the cover of a single. Not only that, but your own hand! While browsing Thomas Gold, a German DJ I’ve long been listening to, I noticed that his new single used my photo for the cover. I was shocked, honoured and flattered all at once. This was definitely the best definition I could give of a “happy accident”.