Full Figured Beauty

This is one of my older portraits, but full figured beauty is timeless! (Model: Josie)

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Branded

On Father’s Day 2016, my wonderful and talented daughter (straight A, actress, Junior Air Force ROTC, artist, writer, speaks sign language) designed this icon for me. It is beautiful. I must admit, I took the paper and art pencil original and tweaked the colors, added the dramatic border and put in the contact info email. Kalena signed off on it and was only to proud that I loved it.

A photographer loves their photos. And likes nothing more than letting the world, near and far, know “Yeah, I shot that.” So, you start watermarking your work. You begin with the usual suspects; a simple line of text, the fancy Photoshop creation, or a dedicated watermark program. I have used all, as I am sure you have and are.

Here’s the point: whatever you do to brand (advertise and protect) your work, do it. I even put a simple line of text on family photos least they find themselves in a soft drink ad courtesy of a certain social media giant.

I was teaching a class at the library when the subject turned to watermarks and copyrights. One of my students defiantly proclaimed that there was no need to watermark her pictures because the law states that at the moment of creation your photograph is in your legal ownership. Well, here is a short and simple answer to her claim. Yes, she is 100% correct. It goes further to state that you do not have to register an image or even place a watermark on said image. However, I belong to the camp that believes placing some sort of watermark on your images does two things: 1) It warns a would be borrower that they should not be taking the image and 2) if they do decide to use it anyway they are faced with some work in Photoshop to remove the watermark from the image, making it not really worth it.

I like watermarks and never needed much convincing. Even if I wasn’t a watermark type of person, I would want to show off my daughter’s beautiful work. I guess my work is the virtual refrigerator door.

Spontaneous Photography – World Wired Web

This image hit me like a ton of bricks, and I instantly connected to it. Its jumbled, twists and turns of wires only reminded me of the electronic and virtual connection between us all. 

It is funny how I can love a friend so dearly, that I have never, ever met but yet sit next to someone on a bus and all but ignore them as I tap on my 5.25 inch mobile screen. As much as this ever-expanding digital world has connected us and drawing us together, introducing us to people and events we otherwise would have never had the chance to meet and experience, it  has at the same time pushed us physically apart, from our everyday real world lives. Joyous births and sorrowful passings are readily and quickly announced on social media as well as all the wonderful and tragic events in between. 

The only constant in this world is change, and the only thing that can stop a people is progress. we have long since passed the point of no return, as each of us had become entangled in our own personal wired web.