Instagram, its TOS and you
I don’t like the social networks mix, except on my FB public page, but I’m aware that a lot of mobile photographers posting on Tumblr are on Instagram too, and the comments I heard or read these last days annoy me a little.
About the TOS (terms of service) affair on Instagram (since, 2 million persons quit, even if numerous other arrive, it’s impressive), a lot of my virtual friends told me, “Now, you know, I don’t care! I’m not an artist, and don’t pretend I’m gonna sell my work…”
Okay, but even if you don’t stand by professional photographers who, them, (hardly) try to live with their images worth, that’s not the (only) point…
* Photos could be sold by IG (or by any other sharing platform which would take this way) to any society, association - including for example political parties you disapprove, religious movements considered as sectarians, associations defending opinions which are not necessarily yours;
* Another problem with the traditional photo street, candids shot (thus people more or less recognizable in the called “humanist” street photo) - for example, you or your 13-year-old kid shot randomly in the street – could promote ideas which aren’t necessarily yours, joined into an ad campaign lauding opposite values, beliefs of yours, for example pro-life (against abortion), weapons for self-defense, anti-gays, and so on. In France, you are responsible according to the law.
* For making money, the “challenge system” launched by brands exists yet, and almost since the beginnings (take a look on Statigram, or by searching a tag with a brand, #Samsung for example… In these challenges, participants sign before a document giving up their rights on the images tagged for the competition. On one hand, amateurs choose which photos they wish to offer to their favorite brand, on the other hand they often receive a premium — audio headset, car, hotel room night, etc. (I was glad to be one of them in my early beginnings, I won two premiums in three competitions, well, we were not as much as today I guess! I’m not ashamed, even if I don’t do that anymore because I don’t like competitions.)
Here is a “column” written by an IG user, many other “stars” wrote their, like Richard Koci Hernandez (a cool guy) or Ben Lowy (BTW, did you know that he begun on Tumblr while he was in Libya?)
And, oh, for me, I don’t know yet what I’m gonna do. And, oh, if you’re are against abortion, against gay, armed, racist, pro-nazi, and so on, you can unfollow me. No, do unfollow me.
«On ne peut être parfait; mais qu’il est beau de toucher avec ses imperfections.» Voltaire.
“We cannot be perfect; but how beautiful it is to move people thanx to our imperfections.”
London, Liverpool railway station, November 2012 (DSLR).
As I said to Taylor, I don’t like this period of the year. And, in Paris, days are so short, I’m fed up with night photos! But it’s however a moment like another one to take a fast look back, over our shoulder.
And it’s always, whatever the time of the year, the moment for greeting buddies.
Now this year was especially surprising because I dared put my look through a DSLR, instead of a phone, for the first time. Since then, instead of falling in love systematically with the professionals I meet, I speak with them a strange language, made by big zoom well held in hand, aperture priority, button sensibility, and so on, without thinking about anything else but photography. And that’s great. Too.
Our talks about photo were a pleasure, Esra, Agnès, Matt or Youngduk, even those started because of the SLR magazine I was interviewing for, as with Guillaume. I unfortunately wasted Daphné, Andrew or Adrien time, dreadfully sorry, even more Ric time — I don’t work any more for them. I appreciated the Neil, Zahsank, Bronwyn, Bertrand, Emm, Andre, Fernando, Marty, Dog (or Wolf), Ruben, “York”, Eric support…
But they were not the only ones: I do enjoyed the sociological discussions with Ric, a fascinating New-Yorker French-speaker, and François, in Cape Town. About cultural differences, really captivating. I also joked with 0rpheus. We talked about our European points of view with Laura, Tony, Juan, Séverine, Sébastien or June — our old Europe rich and heavy at the same time of centuries of History, of small differences between us, of languages.
By the way, “French exception”, “French pride”, do you people really think that? Nope, not at all : nothing but defective linguistic educational system! Thanx to you, I work my English hard, but terrible nonsenses still arise from time to time — I feel sorry for that, guys, because I love this language, as well as Spanish. (BTW, never wish an “happy new year” to a French guy before January 1st! It means bad luck here…)
I had fun naming some of you. Not to give brownie points! But because, you, guys, tempt me to express me more in photo, I’m grateful, really. And I would like you meet each others too. All aren’t photography sanseis, but virtual friends.
Now I’m pretty sure as soon as this text will be published, I would kicked myself to have forget So-and-so or So-and-so, like the “Lensblr guys”, well all those who were kind enough to spent time to write me about such detail in a photo or, simply, to thank me. Okay, I’m not perfect after all — bawl me out below, better rage than silence for Latins… at least for French… at least for me.
And welcome to my new “followers”! If you’re a photographer posting original contents, let’s talk below!
Human warmth, nothing better, right?
Paris, Clok’s serie of Belleville, July 2012 (mobile).
Exceptionally, I post a photo I took this summer, and not today or in the previous days. But unpublished although.
To my great delight, one of my photos was noticed by the “black n white” tag curators. Then, the Tumblr community liked it that much that the “art” tag curators also featured it as an artistic work (I even didn’t know this tag, nor I made art! Awww, London, I love you! :)) )
Well, thank you very much to my “old” buddies (special kisses to Felix and Sam, the Lensblr guys), welcome to the new ones! (I’m aware it sounds like Oscar Academy Awards greetings, but… Well, french humor I guess, sorry, I can’t help and won’t try anymore! Sorry by advance for that, for my bad English, my teasing, my lack of tact, my sexual hints, my impetuousness, my rotten temper sometimes, my friendly kisses, my passion… You know, I’m nice, in my soul. :p)
Now, you have to know I won’t post more BnW than previously. ;)
I think there’s robots, multi platforms publishers and thieves among you, but
- if you “follow” my Tumblr work and I don’t “follow” your work yet;
- if you’re a creative “well-mannered” human being (“oh, you Frenchies, expect too much!”);
- if you post original content (photos, typographic work…);
- and if you do not re-blog all day long (awesome-famous-well-known-maravilloso work of photography masters, your awesome-maravilloso own work in-case-we-missed-it-previously, your buddies work…),
would you please say hello or leave me a message under this pic?
Maybe some of you remember this photo — I took it in Paris, during the last summer, for my Instagram feed.
Then, it was used without my agreement by a famous hotel brand, Four Seasons, for their commercial campaign. Without agreement, but also without financial arrangement and, on some social networks like Tumblr, without copyright me.
I wrote the story in a mobile photographers blog, posted today. About the social networks practices mutation.
Now, sorry, it’s in French. Well, in spite of various lessons friendly given by virtual English-speaking friends for months… write in French is still thousand times easier for me. :)
Pour les Francophones que le thème de la propriété intellectuelle sur les réseaux sociaux intéresse, c’est par ici, sur le blog de Tribegram (lien «cliquable»).
Paris meets New York City. Or, maybe, New York meets Paris.
Paris, avenue de New York, September 2012.
This photo is mine, but I took it thinking of Brooklyn Theory interview which had been posted on 14th September, 2012, on We Are Juxt’ blog, an international group of mobile photographers and artists.
I often highlighted Brooklyn Theory work here, on Tumblr, and on various networks. Then, I wanted listen this skilled guy speaking a little about his universe. His eye, his brain behind, street photo tips, projects, photography masters… And share that with you.
Here we go for a trip in the Big Apple: http://www.wearejuxt.com/brooklyntheory2/
I’ve created a page, gathering together all my “words” posts. You’ll find it by clicking there : http://clokaroundtherock.tumblr.com/tagged/words
Tumblr: Sol y Sombra (“sun & shadows”)
Okay, that’s true, I know warmest networks than Tumblr. Few exchanges, few humor, far too much seriousness, a lot of “wild” reblogs chains (sometimes without only one “like”), waves of very well-known photos of famous BnW photographers, and, well, oversized egos. :))
But Tumblr has also positive — sunny — sides!
Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, EyeEm… and me
Hi, dear all!
Well, as you can see, I remain unable to find real intellectually satisfactory criterias. Which one can I post here, and not there?