Per the 12 secrets, this week, I think, will be all about what and who inspires me creatively.
Okay… so I may be a bit of a Flickr-o-phile, a Flickr-holic, a Flickr-apostle possibly (?) but I just really do LOVE it. To me it is the artist community/home I have never known. It is communing. It is support, exposure of one’s craft in the loveliest circumstances, feedback, influence, shared ideas, challenge, collaboration, trust…
I like it there…. and here too. Since my post guilt, many have responded with logic and reason, as well as emotion, which has helped me to see that the issues around copyright and plagiarism are complex for all of us who write or blog about other artists. I feel grounded in the knowledge that many of you feel the way I have felt about sharing other’s work here. I mean no harm. I give credit where credit is due. I take seriously the issues of ownership of images, and I respect others’ wishes. When I can easily ask for permission to use an individual’s images in an effort to promote that individual, I will. When I’m using tools that flickr members can easily opt out of, I will assume they are okay with that, but pledge to promptly respond if anyone should have a complaint about their images being used in any mosaic I create.
Now… the eye candy.. the inspirations (not already mentioned in these pages) I find and fall in love with everyday on Flickr.
Vicky Slater ~ Sweet Distin
Nick Burns ~ Soda O
Jen ~ danske
Really, that was just the tip of the iceberg, and I thought this would be a virtually endless post, but I’ve underestimated how much time it takes to put these together, one after another. So, instead of wearing myself out, I vow to do more of this in the future (the highlighting of individual Flickr members that inspire me). It will be easier to get prior permission, when needed, on an individual basis too.