Copyright Myths

Copyright Myths

I found this great graphic that debunks the common assumptions about copyright. This is an issue I have had to deal with personally. I have had people blatantly steal my work and post it as their own, I have had companies use my images in marketing materials without permission, credit or compensation, I have had bloggers use my images without asking or giving credit or links back to my site and the list goes on, and on. 

It seems that most people simply do not know the rules. Granted there are many images floating around the internet that are meant to be shared and used freely, but that doesn't mean that all images are the same. All of my images are protected under copyright, they may not be used without my permission, period! Educate yourself about copyrights and the rights of artists, and please, respect artists' work. 

Exposed at the Alliance for the Arts

For those of you in Southwest Florida, please join me this Friday at the Alliance for the Arts' opening reception for the Exposed: Face and Figure invitational exhibition. I am proud to have had three of my fine art nude prints selected to be featured in this exhibition, here's a preview of what I will have on display.

A preview of my prints to be featured in the Exposed: Face and Figure exhibition at the Alliance for the Arts.

A preview of my prints to be featured in the Exposed: Face and Figure exhibition at the Alliance for the Arts.

The reception will take place from 5:00 - 7:30 pm on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919, phone: (239) 939-2787. For a more detailed description of the exhibition, check out this article by local Southwest Florida art commentator Tom Hall.

Nudity is Dangerous, Immoral and Just Plain Wrong

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Giulia in the Tatami Room

I have often believed that the essence of great images begins with simplicity. Of course, that is a personal view, there are photographers who specialize and excel in deeply complex images. Personally, however, the images that stand out in my mind are always the simple ones. If I am tasked with having to understand symbology and meanng in a photograph, then it no longer seems photographic, and that is what I love about photography, that with a single glimpse of a great, simplified image, you can communicate something extraordinary. This is what I aspire to.

The nude figure, is one of the most simple and most used subjects in photography and art, in general. Yet, since returning the the USA in February, it also seems to be dangerous. What is the threat of fine art nude imagery? Why do we cower at the thought of seeing someone nude? Why have we become so ashamed of something so pure and simple? 

I have heard the arguments that we don’t want to harm children, that nudity is associated with porn, that it is immoral, embarrassing, etc., but those arguments seem placed in ignorance. How could a child be harmed by nudity, unless they have been told that it is wrong? Why do we lump artistic nudity with porn, is it because porn contains nudity so therefore all nudity is wrong?

Having lived in Europe for twelve years, it’s interesting to me that people in the USA are so offended by nudity. In the USA, we have more graphic violence in our movies and tv shows, we are inundated daily with sexuality in advertising, we have rampant problems with sexual assault and sex crimes, yet Americans seem to look down on Europeans, at least in part, because they are laid back about sexuality and nudity. Here in the USA, people may stand on high ground, but time and time again, those people who were on the soap boxes denouncing nudity and sex as dangerous are the same people who cheat on their wives, sleep with prostitutes and molest children.

In Europe, nudity is no big deal, sex is something that is fun and to be enjoyed. Of course, no society is perfect, but when it comes to attitudes about nudity and sex, people in Europe are rarely offended by tasteful and artistic representations of the human form. Here in the USA, it’s a completely different story. 

I want to know what you think? Is nudity dangerous, should we protect ourselves from such offensive depictions, or are we simply being over-sensitive?

Leave a comment, here or on my Facebook page. Let me know your thoughts.

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Ljuba shot at my former studio in Winterthur, Switzerland, corset by www.entrenous.ch

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