Civic Pride

May 31, 2011

After having been dubbed one of America’s 10 “dying cities”, the good citizens of Grand Rapids, Missouri put together a wonderful video made by a collection of Grand Rapidians lip syncing to Don Mclean’s American Pie. It was paid for by local sponsors and produced by local volunteers.

I admire it both as a demonstration of civic pride and as a fabulous piece of filming logistics.


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Who Owns An Image?

May 9, 2011

This blog is very dependent on the reproduction of other peoples work and I try to credit them when I know who is responsible. Often I copy photos and artwork from website where the creator is not named even though sometimes the identity of the originator is only a few clicks away. Nonetheless, I am aware of the possible risks associated with using people’s work without permission and the potential for accusations of hypocrisy in doing so.

Part of my justification is that I use these pictures, either to draw attention to the artist’s work or to comment on it in some way, and certainly there is no material gain for me in this.

An interesting angle on this is found via Fstoppers – a website for professional photographers.  In a video entitled The Stolen Scream,  photographer Noam Galai tells the story of how a single photograph of himself posted on Flickr has become a universal image.





Noam generously sees this circulation of his work as publishing rather than theft, though he draws the line at people making money out of his work (let alone his likeness). It does raise the question though of who owns an image and does the act of posting it online negate any claims. Noam himself gives the example of an artist not receiving any ongoing gain from a work hanging on the wall of a gallery.

I suspect that it is a forlorn hope to want to share in the profits from the use of work posted online.


May 3, 2011

In the quest for clever and creative artistic endeavours I have now found the work of Belgian artist Ben Heine (he calls himself a "’visual creator’, though his rather cluttered website might belie this). His work encompasses a number of styles, but I specially like his photo-drawing hybrid pictures. He calls them ‘pencil vs camera’.

Pencil Vs Camera - 19 

Pencil Vs Camera - 11

Pencil Vs Camera - 25

Pencil Vs Camera - 37

Clicking on the pictures will take you to Ben’s blog with information about the photos etc.

Ben’s photostream or his blog have the full range of his work.