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Plagiarism (365 Day Challenge – Day 6)

January 7, 2008

Final Rest
Originally uploaded by Mac Girl

“Originality is the art of concealing your sources.” ~ Ben Franklin

I just checked the Flickr EXPLORE page and it told me that there were 2,504 photos uploaded to Flickr in the last minute! Wow. I mean, I knew there were a lot, but that’s a LOT.

With so many pics floating around it’s hard to be truly original unless you have a world-class studio and some mad skilz with Photoshop. (And perhaps a bottle or two of Absinthe at your disposal.) Even then, it’s a struggle.

When you’re trying to come up with a photo-a-day for 366 days and your life is busy (or you’re just a slacker like me) it can be darn near impossible.

We are all constantly absorbing what we see around us – both in the world and on Flickr – yes, Virginia, there is a world outside of Flickr – so it comes as no surprise when similarities crop up. The effect is even more apparent when Flickrs flock for a meetup. There are only so many individual angles for an enthusiastic group of 10 photographers to shoot of, say, the local farmer’s market. The effect is the same, though somewhat more diluted, when we all subscribe to the same Flickr groups.

Frankly, today’s photo wouldn’t exist if my friend Mike hadn’t gone out this morning and shot the incredible fog in his own local cemetery, and then posted it to the 365 Day Challenge group. (LINK) I saw it, I admired it, and a little while later I wandered off to read a book. When dinner time came and I had to run to the store, I realized that I hadn’t taken my POTD #6 yet so I tossed the camera into the car (gently!) and took off, racking my brain trying to think of a subject. Then I remembered Mike’s photos and realized that the West section of Woodlawn Cemetery would make a perfect subject as it’s in a small hollow — fog would naturally collect there. BINGO!

So thanks, Mike! I owe you one. 🙂

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