I enjoyed playing cops and robbers as a kid. Acting as the copyright police as a professional photographer isn’t as much fun. You get some really interesting results when you conduct a reverse Google image search. One of my most popular images, Agave in black and white, has been placed without permission on many, many sites. I’m guessing the international recognition honor it received from the Black and White Spider Awards art competition helped fuel it’s viral spread.
Sometimes the use is flattering, but permission to post was never requested:
Sometimes the use seems innocence, but it is still theft:
Stolen to enrich someone else’s “art:”
At least I’m represented on Pinterest, my happy place:
Then there are the lewd sites. People see stuff in botanicals. Guess I’m in good company with Georgia O’Keeffe. Except my fans seem to be all male.
I’ll step off my soapbox now. I’m not trying to be a downer. I’m just asking everyone to respect artists and their work. Many of us are happy to share. Just ask, ok?