The web can be a great place for helping people gain fame and success in ways that might have been impossible in the past. One example of that success is Kyle Thompson, a surrealist photographer whose work has won a lot of fans and tremendous popularity thanks to the power of social media. It all started nine months ago, when Thompson posted an album of photos he had created to Reddit. It became a huge hit and people who loved his style began recommending it to others.
In a new Reddit album posting, Thompson described what happened, saying, "I wanted to pursue photography, but I always figured it was too difficult to survive as an artist... I thought maybe 50 people would check out my album, but it was viewed over 4 million times!" Through Thompson's Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr accounts, he not only gained newfound fame, but financial stability by selling prints and photos to magazines.