So much has changed in the last couple of years. My card design was overdue for a revamp and I again turned to Moo — they happen to print on the best paper stock I've ever found. This time I decided to try their more recent Luxe brand which offers an interesting twist on traditional paper, using several layers to create a matte but very tactile final product. The texture coming through the lettering in some of these shots isn't actually visible — but it adds to the feel.
I wasn't expecting the beautiful packaging they came in. Too bad I tore off the purple bow in my excitement ;)
Shot with the X-Pro1 and Fujinon XF 60mm f2.4R
When we've moved on, when all of this is over and the house has been emptied... What will remain of this intense, enclosed life of ours? We may remember only fragments; perhaps nothing at all. Details randomly lost or magnified, floating on electrical ebbs and flows.
I'm profoundly terrified by the transitory nature of existence. As hard as I try, I see nothing but impermanence, a collection of memories forever fleeting, perfectly fragile. I keep hearing how we should celebrate and embrace our evanescence, how it brings meaning to who we are and what we choose to create. Perhaps. In many ways it's the ultimate driving force, it's what pushes me to record all of it, over and over again — but it doesn't make it any less cruel. As we lose the invincibility of youth & see giants wither one by one, loved ones reduced to living in a single, eternal, empty moment devoid of context & all the small things that bring solace... I don't know. It's a grand ideal that seems all too irrelevant when scaled down to human size. Out here we are all facing the unknown; everything we were will be made immaterial.
Save for a few snapshots.
UPDATE 2: After a couple of emails with Yahoo and an official Notice of Infringement on my part (legalese and all) I received a message last night informing me that the matter had been dealt with. I don't know the details but that Flickr account is now gone. Good riddance. I just hope he can't simply open another one under a new name...
I still believe the entire process should be much easier, but at least Flickr took the appropriate action in a timely manner once the formal complaint was filed.
Huge thanks to all of you for the support. And to whoever added those tags on the offending images: they were pretty hilarious :)
Human nature… What a strange, confused and messy animal it can be. Consider image theft: not to illegally promote a product without the artist’s consent — which is bad enough — but to promote yourself. As a photographer. To promote your abilities. What kind of small, petty and deceitful person must you be to shamelessly display someone else’s work as your own?
These past few months have seen many such stories come to public attention but yesterday… It was my turn. I got an email from Markus Rack alerting me to Flickr user IM-David using some of my images in his Photostream. Sure enough there they were: two unedited portraits I was hired to shoot for Fujifilm’s XF 56mm lens. And why stop there? My two X-Photographer comrades Nathan Elson and Bert Stephani’s pictures were part of this guy’s portfolio as well; in for a penny, in for a pound.
Here’s a screenshot of David’s page:
Of course I sent him a direct message, even giving him the benefit of the doubt in case he was somehow confusing Flickr with Pinterest… No answer.
But the more troubling aspect of this incident is discovering the complete lack of tools we have at our disposal to deal with a situation like this. You can’t flag an image for anything other than age inappropriate content. Copyright issues require the post office and paperwork worthy of a 1955 bureaucrat. Given how easy it is for anyone to post anything as their own, it’s quite disturbing to see content creators have no easy way to even point out a possible infringement. These are public images that are part of a product campaign… But Yahoo would have us fill out paper forms in triplicate — in 2014. Bra. Vo.
UPDATE: Many thanks to reader Danny G. who directed me to the US version of the same copyright page. The good people at Yahoo Canada apparently don't yet have this thing called EMAIL. I've also been told they can only travel via horse and buggy.
If you’re on Flickr and feel like commenting on some of our stolen images in his stream be my guest. Maybe we can shame him into submission. But my guess is that he lacks the necessary conscience for this to have any effect.
Yup, human nature is a strange beast indeed.