Monday, 25 April 2011

copyright you need to know

Welcome to the 27th edition.

There is a pdf continuing with the issues of copyright faced by British photographers.

Nicholas Brewer

Nicholas Brewer
The above pictures were taken at Stow Maries WW1 Aerodrome in the English county of Essex. The buildings have been left derelict since 1918 when the war ended. They are not only fascinating  decaying structures but steeped in history. It is easy to imagine the pilots getting ready before they set off to defend London from attacks by the German Zeppelin. The trip was arranged by garden photographer Miriam Heppel and I am grateful to her for allowing me the opportunity to participate. The two clips below are worth watching as they both show examples of great photographers being curious about what others discard or miss. Andre Kertez and Richard Avedon are visionaries and you will only need to watch each one for a minute or two to apprecitae the difference between looking and seeing.

There are many tributes paid to Tim Hetherington and others who lost their lives recently.
I felt this was worthy of note.
   Like all artists I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation 
- Dennis Hopper

British Copyright for Photographers

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

understanding copyright.

Nicholas Brewer
Welcome to the 26th edition.

The PDF provides an introduction to copyright issues for photographers. It covers a small area with important points that I trust will prove helpful. I have used my own example so that you can get an idea of the implications in a real life situation and  questions that you need to consider. This tutorial is spread across future blogs to ensure it has depth and a practical purpose. My on going project with ghost signs maybe in breech of copyright laws.  Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick, salty beef drink developed in the 1870s  sold in a distinctive, bulbous jar. It is made in northern England and owned by Unilever UK. They are  an international company with a large legal department! There is a good reason they cannot sue me for using this picture and I will tell you why at the end of the blog.
Nicholas Brewer
The reason that the above photograph does not breech the copyright for the advert featuring Iggy Pop in the bottom left  is because it is incidental and small. The photograph is of the ghost sign and not the image behind. This modern advert sits well with the eighty-year old advert for a tailors and makes an interesting juxtaposition. The ghost sign is probably not contravening any copyright law as it only lasts for seventy-years and they are no longer trading.
Hunting in packs.
Until recently photography has been something that I have done individually however; I recently discovered that there is much to recommend getting a group of you together. Next week I am going to a WW1 aerodrome. It was used by the first fighter pilots and is of historical importance. Much of it remains as it was left in 1918 when the airmen returned home after the war. There is a sense of excitement building as there maybe great opportunities there. This chance would not be possible without the help of others. There is a danger that these things can turn into a 'Geek Fest' with a bunch of anoraks discussing lenses and cameras!
There are practical purposes especially if you are photographing in abandoned places. Derelict buildings offer great photographs but there are a variety of additional issues. While urban exploring is exciting there are security guards, asbestos and the possibility of injuring yourself all for consideration. The enjoyment of having a mate with you to share a good experience is reason enough. On balance I prefer to hunt alone but I am interested  to see what others found worthy of photographing and it is a good way to make new friends. I have experienced an isolated existence as a photographer so it is good to experience another side to photography. You can see my pictures in the next blog.
Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt

                    'You have to devote yourself totally to be successful at it ' - Elliot Erwitt.

You will be pleased to know that I will not be sued for breech of copyright as the images are being used for educational purposes and I personally do not profit by using them.

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