As promised, here are the topics you asked me to discuss on Instagram. I'll be discussing each of these topics in videos on my page @rachaellynnreynolds as well as writing blog posts about the same content. Fill out the form below to subscribe to my blog, My Thoughts & Such.
Short answer: Totally. Yes. All of the time.
This is something very frustrating to me and many artists. Whenever this happens I immediately go into defense mode. Who does this person or company think they are? Do they understand what they are doing? How many people have this very image circulating their content? Are they profiting off of MY work? Let's break these things down real quick:
Any use of artwork without the written permission of an artist or proper credit given to the artist is stealing their work. There are hundreds of creatives who have written online about this happening to them. Anyone from a couple hundred followers to hundreds of thousands, all of us have it happen. This is our intellectual and creative property. Just as is is illegal to copy someone's written text without citation, it is illegal to pose creative work as your own.
I've made a few posts on my personal instagram about my opinions on this but I thought maybe a blog would better suit this discussion. I might advise you to read the description of this blog for you to try and understand how these will be written—they really are going to be written as my brain thinks, not even close to a well put together essay. Here goes nothing, welcome to my thoughts & such.
Creating is a pretty broad word if you think about it. But what justifies creating in the first place? I could make a pie and that's creating. I could create this semi-ridiculous blog containing my definitely ridiculous thoughts. I could also gallivant the world with my cameras and my sense for adventure. But what is most remarkable is that I love to do it all. How can one word encompass everything that one person loves? In fact, when I think about it, there's not much that I love that isn't a form of creating.
Welcome to my thoughts & such. According to Meyers-Briggs, I am a strong ENTP, with a 49% introvert rating (??). They say I am a debater. Which is incredibly true - however, most of those debates occur in my own head. I spend a great deal of my days thinking about creativity, existentialism, nature and how all of that ties together. I thought I would make a space to put some of those thoughts down.