Before we get off on the wrong foot; I love pinterest. I think it is a brilliant way to look for inspiration, collect ideas and share them with whoever is interested. But over the past couple of weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that finding the original source of an image can be downright impossible. Whenever I pin something I see on someone website I make sure the source is credited and I usually put the name of the photographer in the comment field where appropriate.
Now it became a bit of a thing when I tried to find the source of the image you see above. I found it in the end but I do think it should not be so hard. I saw the image on someone’s pinboard and traced it back through a variety of tumblr blogs and after what felt like an eternity I found this image with the watermark on it. Which clearly mentions the correct source. It comes from a Polish (I think it is Polish but I’m not sure) food photographer with some pretty gorgeous images on her site. If I understand Google translate correctly (which is scary from Polish to English i can tell you!) her husband takes the photos and she cooks. Something like that.
Now I don’t know about you but when I repin something I don’t always go back and check if the source is correct. I only do that when I want to write a little bit about it because I love the image or because it is fitting within a post. And because I hate stealing photos crediting the right source is important to me unless I have bought the image from a stocksite. In case you were wondering; I do that too. Those are usually the illustrations or the cut out images you see.
But I think everyone who pins from the original source should make it a habit to make sure the correct linking is taking place. That’s the only way to know for sure that the creator is credited for his or her image! It appears also to me that the Tumblr sites are the ones where the issue most often occurs due to countless reblogs!
I stumbled upon many images of myself that were being reblogged on tumblr without ever mentioning the photo was taken by me. I really don’t mind people using my images on their blogs as long as it is properly credited and I think the same should be true for pinterest.
What’s your take on this? How do you feel about showing pinterest images on your blog? I’m strongly inclined to not do it anymore…