I came across this blog post the other day on a site called Dogdose.com. The post, 13 Jaw Droppingly Beautiful Photos for Dog Lovers does indeed have some absolutely stunning photos of dogs. As someone who aspires to take pictures that tell a story like these do I was awed, as I’m sure many were. I almost posted the link back to my Facebook to share until I realized something. None of the images in the post are credited. Not a single one. At least it looks like none are credited. It’s not until you scroll all the way to the bottom and see the small text called ‘source’ do you get to see who actually took them.
The ‘source’ post gets it almost right. It lists a description of the photo (not the actual photo name) along with the name of the individual who took it directly below each image. However, there’s no links to the photographer’s personal site or Flickr Album or other source. I suppose this is fine for most folks as they just want to see an image and move on. However, there’s richness to be found in each artist’s portfolio if you take the time to dig further.
For example, this image has been one of my all time favorites:
I cannot say enough about this amazing image. If you give a direct link to the image (you can find it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterprzybille/3915636451/ ) you’ll find a little more context for the image and the story around it:
Alaskan Husky Tex dreaming in the landscape of Northern Norway.
A typical day within the short and intensive period of “Indian Summer” in beginning of September. After the leaves have turned following an onset of frost but just before the first snowfall. I took along Alaskan Husky Tex on a day trip through the coloured scandinavian mountains.
While taking a break he immediately layed down to take a nap.
I could really feel his deep satisfaction resting in his northern territory.
When I took a look through his Flickr account I was blown away. This image is just one of many.
My ultimate point here is that we need to make sure we give credit in a way that is easy to find, immediate and allows us to easily continue looking at the artist’s work. In the day and age of everyone having a camera everyone suddenly thinks that they are a photographer and it’s easy to take images like this. It’s not.