First time collaborating with another artist on Tumblr who is not a photographer.
She is also a fellow Londoner and fatedly a friend of a mutual friend - updates and work to come soon to a screen near you!
So, after my opticians appointment today, I found out the reason why I can’t see with my right eye properly is because I have something called Amblyopia - a condition developed in early childhood which apparently only 1 out of 50 are diagnosed with.
In other words: I’m special.
Hey Anon, thanks for writing.
I’m glad you like the image with the crop. When I shoot, I usually have a mental crop in mind, or at the very least, an orientation I’d like to stick with. Sometimes I get home and it changes.
I don’t think it’s a bad crop. It’s just not my crop, but it is my image, you know?
I don’t think this person meant any harm, considering he did link to the original image on flickr, as well as use my name and give my tumblr. I’m just curious about the decision to crop and post in this particular manner.
I don’t know about you, DS, but I think you’re taking the reproduction of your work without permission mightily well - props to you. If anyone was to crop or edit my photos without permission FIRST, I would feel a great sense of violation and in my opinion, rightfully so.
What people need to understand is that even if our images are shared in digital format - for the world in turn to share - that doesn’t make the image not belong to us anymore - big or small, good or bad, in my opinion, they are all pieces which make up the biggest image of them all: the photographer/artist.
And as an artist who shares their work in the cyber spaces, to have work scrutinised and critiqued or praised etc is a given - it’s how we improve and progress, right? But if you feel that our images could look or be better i.e. by cropping like in DS’s case, you discuss it with us first and then learn how to proceed from there. At the end of the day, it’s about respect.
Think about it. You wouldn’t visit a photography exhibition, see that one photo needs some cropping, take it down, do so and then reshare it in another gallery but still give the photographer credit, would you? You’ll probably voice your opinion to either another person, seek the artist out to tell them or just blog about it somewhere, no? So why would you do things in such a manner just because it’s easier to access our work online?!
Once anyone other than the artist touches the image (and without the photographer even having a clue until it’s done, at that!) it would no longer belong or be a creation of the artist. DS took the time out to go up there to snap the shot. He most likely even went home, looked at it and then edited it himself till he found it satisfactory enough to be shared. Passion and effort was put into it.
So what this person has actually done by not asking for permission is taken away a piece of what makes up the artist. Sourced or whatever: I still find that extremely rude, inconsiderate, degrading and totally unfair. No justification can be given.
Off with their heads, I say! (<=Joke)