I do the same. It's just what you have to do. I don't consider watermarking as ruining the image either - in rare cases my sensibilities, as somebody who does graphic design for a living, have actually led me to frame a photo that intentionally creates a natural space for a watermark. But often times when I'm not photographing planes, I'm intentionally creating lots of negative space around my subject so I can put text and design elements around it.
|Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 26):|
Paul McCarthy has tried to get the account closed on behalf of us all but it looks as though FlickR are only acting on complaints and perhaps soon yours will be the only one on that FlickR account, but that will also be your choice.
As of this morning, the account appears to have been deactivated. A couple of my images were up there and I had them open in tabs yesterday but was too busy to deal with it (and have been too busy or in transit or whatever since Mick sent me a message about it - thank you, btw), looking at the tabs this morning, they auto-refreshed to "this member is no longer active."
|Quoting wilco737 (Reply 30):|
I don't consider myself as an artist, but it is my work and I want to share it with people.
Maybe you should, maybe we all should.
Years ago I actually did manage to make a small amount of money doing only fine art - screen prints, lithos, painting - but not enough to live on. That is a hard life if you aren't already wealthy, and I wanted to do more conventional things. I think with nearly 2 million views on my photos here (a paltry sum compared to those who've been doing this longer and are better at it), it's fair to say more people have seen my airplane photos than have seen all of my more "traditional" artwork combined, although those views are still far outnumbered by people who've seen advertisements or publications I've worked on. But that's not the same. Those things are only partly what I wanted to do, mostly what the client wanted. The airplane photos are what I wanted to show, framed on my terms. And I just love taking the pictures. The airplane photos have been more enjoyable "artwork" than anything I've done in years.
I've also done reproduction photography for art galleries, and I've personally handled artwork by people like Renoir, Miro, or Picasso, and photos by people as diverse as Man Ray, Nan Goldin, Eikoh Hosoe, etc. What qualifies as "fine art" is necessarily up to the artist - and I've seen many photos here that would really impress some much more traditional artists and art experts who I know well. I was a bit let down this year when an art book of plane photos (all taken directly under the planes, seen in plan form) came out and people liked - I found it dull and derivative. Much more exciting and compelling stuff to be seen here.
All my friends, including some who are professional artists, like and respect my enthusiasm for the airplanes. I don't think that a sunny side-on (and I've done plenty of those) reflects much "artistry" necessarily, but others certainly do. I uploaded one photo recently that I felt was more of an art shot than a documentarian shot, and it made me very happy to share it.
We're a subset of artists, to be sure.