I plagiarized one of my favorite photos... or I'm as cool as van Gogh

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  1. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I am so disappointed. This is my picture, which I thought was kinda cool.

    Apparently the suicidal bastard made pretty much the same painting way before I was born. I've never seen it before... or at least I don't remember seeing it.

    When I was taking the picture I saw the guy who seemed to be in pain and selfishly thought: "ah-ha! what a perfect photographic opportunity" I didn't think: "oh, let's rip off van Gogh's On the Threshold of Eternity"

    I don't know what I should do with my photo.
     
  2. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    I wouldn't worry about it. I was asked if this photo was a tribute to this one. I didn't know who Eugene Smith even was when I took that photo. Just chalk it up to "great minds think alike". Or at least crazed minds.
     
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    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

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    I bet if you looked hard enough, you'd find that almost no pictures taken today are "original" in the truest sense of the word.
     
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    craig TPF Noob!

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    I only see a small resemblance to Van Goghs piece. Do not throw it out...
     
  5. JamesD

    JamesD Between darkrooms

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    'Tisn't plagiarism. Plagiarism is willful copying of someone else's work while passing it off as your own. And you'll find that visual themes repeat over and over with a few variations (but unlimited variations in composition).
     
  6. Markc, I actually like yours better.
     
  7. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    I would be willing to bet you money, that there are thousands pretty much like this by as many photographers. I think that art has an originality that is hard to copy. For instance my scene of an old grist mill that has been shot a million times from the same angle might at first look exactly like a thousand others but something about it will be unique.

    Students are out copying Mona all the time as part of their classes. It doesn't make them a forger till they sign it Leo.....
     
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    rmh159 TPF Noob!

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    Yeah I definitely wouldn't sweat it. I don't think the pics are too similiar and even if they were... if it wasn't intentional or trying to pass it off as someone else's work I wouldn't be concerned in the slightest.
     

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