Someone stole my photo of Pamela Koppe—titled “Goddess”—and posted it on Twitter. (I’m not on Twitter, but I saw this theft through various links on the net.) The title is gone; there’s no mention of my name. When I originally posted this photo on both Flickr and Tumblr, I had my name underneath the bottom of the photo in a black frame as well as three different sites—my model mayhem number, 733113, Tumblr, and Flickr—so anyone could see more of my photography and/or more of Pamela, a gorgeous young woman. (I’ve posted close to 60 photographs I took of her—all of them on Flickr; some of them on Tumblr.) A potential model, for example, could see I was on Model Mayhem and could contact me through that site. Anyone saving the image would have saved that info with it. No, someone cropped off the information, saved that jpg, and, consequently, diminished the quality of the image. Of course, I have no idea who stole the photo originally; this particular twitter post could be someone just passing along an image the way he or she found it. The person who did steal it, though, is a pissant, someone who cannot create a photograph, but wants to steal enough work to “create” a site, or a Twitter feed, or whatever. It’s not so much that this sort of thing that has happened to me before makes me mad; it’s that it’s so pitiful. There are people with no artistic talent, no energy, and no courage who can only steal the work of others as if it were their own and not give credit where credit is due. To some immature people on Tumblr who can’t create anything, this is what “reblogging” means. But even “reblogging” can mean much more than that. (Too bad Tumblr has such a worthless “tag” system; it rarely delivers; it’s a joke. Too bad people can’t leave comments on Tumblr without reblogging like they can on Flickr.) Theft is a bigger problem, from what I can see, on Tumblr than it is on Flickr. On Flickr people “favorite” the photos of others; they leave compliments as well as the occasional criticism. Instead of stealing someone’s work on Flickr, you “favorite” it. That photo by someone doesn’t just go into your own photostream; it goes into a zone clearly marked “favorites.” It’s work you admire by others. We can go to your photostream on Flickr to see what you’ve actually made yourself. It’s easy to go to the sites of others on Flickr and see whether or not they are photographers themselves. I see a lot of impressive original work on Flickr. Come to my site on Flickr to see my work. Come to my site there to see the “favorites” I have selected from other photographers from around the world. I’ll be happy to point you to some amazing photography by others. Whatever you “take” from there, give credit to photographer and model! This might broaden Tumblr so that it’s not merely the boring reblogging of the usual suspects from glossy magazines.
Join Flickr at no cost. You can post up to 200 photos you have created and you can favorite thousands if you like—all for no money. As a member, you can adjust your settings to see the “moderate” (like the one of Pamela above) and the “restricted” (full nudes) as well as the “safe” photos. If you’re there and not a member, you’ll only see the “safe” shots.
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