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No part of the content of this site may be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of Nick Gleitzman. You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages or images from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below in the Terms and Conditions of use of this site.
Commercial reproduction of images may be permitted with the issue of a Reproduction Licence and the payment of a fee. If you’d like to discuss using any of the images on this web site for your own purposes, whether online or in electronic or printed media, please contact Nick Gleitzman with your request.
Why the watermarks?
If you’re thinking of buying one of my prints, rest assured that the ugly watermarks you see on this site are for my online security; they won’t appear on your print.
I hate watermarks.
I’ve been taking photographs for well over forty years. During that time I've seen two major paradigm shifts in the medium: the first, the transition from film to digital imaging; secondly, the rise of social media and the concept of sharing. The modern approach to photographs (as well as other media) on the internet seems to be predominantly, “If you can see it, you can use it.”
Photography has become, due largely to the development of smartphones for ease of capture and the social media for instant global distribution, an integral part of everyday life for more people than ever before. There are now more than 1.5 billion – that’s 1,500,000,000 – images uploaded to social media every day.
The ease with which high-quality images can now be produced, and the sheer ubiquity of photographs today, has greatly reduced the value and power of the image, and that saddens me. Not only because of the huge proportion of society that seems incapable of experiencing life without recording every moment, or because probably 99% of all those photographs uploaded daily have a lifespan equal to one swipe on a smartphone. Photography’s devaluation has reduced the level of craft needed to make images to almost zero; you can pick up a good second-hand DSLR for hardly any money, stick it on Auto, and away you go.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I do find that kind of sad, but it’s fine. Really. Photography is great fun. But I’m a professional. It's how I've made my living for my entire adult life. I was a commercial photographer for more than twenty years, and then I decided to concentrate on landscape and fine art, and offer my work as prints for sale. One of the main challenges I face in business is to make images that are ‘better’ than the average hobbyist can make – even the ones with ‘better’ camera gear than mine. The other challenge is to use the internet as a marketing tool without having people help themselves to my images without so much as a by-your-leave – especially for commercial sites. I like to eat a nice meal at the end of each day just as much as anyone, and if someone uses one of my images to promote their own business, or worse, try to sell them as their own property, they are stealing income from me.
Let me repeat: I hate watermarks. I hate that I have to to disfigure my images in order to protect my intellectual property, but it’s a considered business decision to do so. As a case in point, take a look at this photo of mine, and then these search results.
The internet is full of arguments against watermarks:
- “They’re ugly.”
I agree; see above.
- “They’re easy to remove.”
Maybe so. But if you do, it shows intent to break international copyright laws, and when you lose the court case, you’re likely to be liable for even greater damages.
- “But people will still link back to your website!”
Ideally – but realistically? Not unless I ask them to, and then less than one in ten.
- “But you’ll get such good exposure if your photos are shared!”
Only if my name is on them. I used to use an unobtrusive watermark credit line at the bottom edge of the photo; people would just crop it off. Now they’re in the centre of the image, and people will try to retouch them out. This is right up there with the requests that I work for nothing, with the same rationale. I tried paying for my mortgage with ‘exposure’; the look on my bank manager’s face was priceless.
So, my apologies if the watermarks lessen your enjoyment of my images. But as long as the copyright and intellectual property laws remain unchanged, they support the right to control how my images are reproduced, and the right of attribution that goes along with it.
If you’re thinking of ‘sharing’ one of my images, please consider carefully. I can find instances of my images anywhere online, and if they’re being used for commercial purposes, my lawyers are always looking for more work. If you don’t agree with copyright as a concept, I suggest you go to college, get a law degree, get elected, and change the system from within. Just because you don’t agree with something doesn’t make you right – or negate my rights.
~ Nick Gleitzman
Terms and conditions of use
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