Copy cat or inspiration

  Jeff Mellody

Jeff Mellody

Everything has been photographed. Sure seems that way. Sometimes photographers are so inspired by an image they will copy it and call it their own work. Sometimes the copying is blatant but more often than not it is done in such a way that it is original but bears a striking resemblance to the work that is influencing the photographer. Some individuals even go so far as to steal images from others that they have found on the internet and to pass the work off as their own. We are seeing this more and more being perpetrated by photographers starting out in their career. Painters, sculptures and musicians have been fighting the theft of intellectual property for hundreds of years. Let's try harder to be original, develop your own style. It's better to have a long career building, nurturing and developing your own vision.