So I’ve been alerted via my PR people that some people are griping about their photos being used on this blog without attribution. See this one by JAMES DUNCAN DAVIDSON who snapped a wonderful photo of My Little Pony which I used recently. And this one by FRASER SPEIRS who took some wonderful shots at the Glasgow opening.
James and Fraser: I’ve gone back and put attribution on those photos. And I apologize for the oversight. Moshe Hishkill says you’re just a pair of whiny twats, but I don’t agree. I think attribution is important.
To be sure, I am the person who once said, “Bad artists copy. Great artists steal.” (A line that was later stolen by Pablo Picasso. Ironic, no?) But friends, this does not apply to photos. I want to give attribution wherever possible. If your photo gets used without attribution, please know that this only happened because I just found the photo on a page someplace and there was no credit attached to it. Or it happened because I was working too fast and not paying attention and simply made a mistake.
Resolved: I will make a better effort to put attribution on photos. Meanwhile, here’s the deal. If you just email me and tell me that a photo is yours, I promise I will add your attribution and do it any way you like it– ALL CAPS, boldface, BOLDFACE CAPS, italics, or … that’s about it. Whatever. I mean it. Photos are an important part of this blog. I really want to encourage people to send in their work, and I know that for many people getting credit is really important.
I’ll do my best to find out up front who took the pix I use. But if you see something that isn’t attributed and should be, or if you want credit for your pix, or if you want me to take down a photo of yours that I’ve used, please let me know. I want to help you publicize your work, if that’s what you’d like. Or not, if that’s what you like. Whatever. Trying to be a good citizen here.
And again, I apologize. This blog is supposed to be about having fun and restoring a sense of childlike wonder to people’s lives. That’s all. It’s just a bit of fun. Something to check out in the morning when you get to work and need a little chuckle. I don’t want to harsh anyone’s vibe. Except for My Little Pony, whose vibe needs some harshing. Much love. Namaste. Peace out.