No one ever said that life as a travel photographer was easy. Rewarding, exciting, frustrating, inspiring and numerous other descriptions may apply but never easy. A recent brief serves to highlight that. Over 120 images from a range of different photographers were submitted for consideration and at the end of the selection process, the client didn’t find any that met their requirements. That’s how it works sometimes. No matter how good the photographs submitted may be, if they don’t meet the idea the client has in mind or don’t fit with the layout and design, then they don’t get licensed. They may be perfect for somebody else or perfect for some other use but this time, the client takes a pass. Even when photographs do get licensed from stock or selected from a commissioned assignment, it’s often a surprise to the photographer themselves which images do indeed get used. Most photographers can probably point to specific occasions where they were surprised by what was chosen – I know I’ve had situations where I thought for sure they were going to run with photo A and they went instead with photo B. That’s life as a working photographer. Thus I’m going to be sharing a few images from time to time that didn’t get used for one reason or another. You’ll know the posts because they’ll be in the Missed The Cut series. To kick things off, here are a few photographs from a recent brief that centered around Kuala Lumpur.