back in december i noticed someone on facebook was using one of my bonnaroo fountain shots as their profile pic. i was intrigued and slightly disturbed by this. well, upon further inquiry it was the guy who designed the fountain. "well that's cool," i thought. he had previously contacted me (soon after bonnaroo) about using any of my shots in his portfolio. i said sure. why wouldn't i? well, i uploaded those shots, but i never heard anything back from him so i assumed he forgot. then of course months later we arrive here. i add him as a friend, he asks me if i like his profile pic, i'm like, "of course." but no where on the page with the photo is my name (nor is it on any of the pages with my photos). this kind of bothers me (i dont need much credit, but some is necessary) so i write him about it and here is how the conversation goes... not the most productive talk:
i really tried to explain how i wasnt looking for much and that i was honored he liked the photos enough to display them, but i'm not sure anything came across other than "this guy (me) wants credit for my (his) fountain." i mean, did i do that poor of a job conveying my side? well, i didnt hear anything back and i checked the picture a couple times and nothing changed. "ah well," i thought.
well today i just randomly checked his profile and noticed he had the photos in his "photo sets" section:
all of them say this somewhere on them:
that's all i could think to say (just on that one, i didnt bother with the others). was he just ribbing me for giving him a hard time or was he really trying to piss me off? i still stand by what i said. the debate wasn't about who's art the fountain was. i doubt the architects of the empire state building expect to be referenced in every photo of it. honestly, when it comes to copryright/credit, i dont see how the contents of the photo are relevant at all. i guess he thought differently.
either way, i feel like i've needlessly made an enemy of the bonnaroo fountain designer guy. so, i've got that going for me.