I ♥ WordPress

This is purple sage in our neighbors’ yard.

On Monday I made Freshly Pressed on WordPress! As Explored is to Flickr, Freshly Pressed is to WordPress. It was very exciting and my stats shot way up for 2 days and now they’re back to normal.

The post they chose was over a month old and was from our Sedona day trip so I don’t know how that became the one they picked. But it was fun and I appreciate it.

And, from that trip, here is a stereograph (or wiggle 3D) to celebrate.



Bombed and Infringed

This mural is in the parking lot of a downtown Phoenix theater/bar called FilmBar. They serve up indie films, beer, and popcorn. I’ve never been inside yet but everyone I know who has gone really likes it.

This mural is done by EMT. I don’t know anything about him/her/them. But after the next 2 close-ups, I’ll tell you something interesting I found while looking for the artist’s/artists’ name(s) online today.

While googling for the information, I came across a website/blog called the Phoenix Taco. I sort of hate to give them credit or a link because, as some of you know, for over 2 years here on my blog, I have been documenting downtown Phoenix murals–of which there are a lot–and I also am an occasional blogger for another blog belonging to the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, that has published my mural photos. I have been approached on this project a couple of times by Arizona State University (my alma mater) and University of Arizona journalism and graduate students asking to use my photos for database and video projects and happily complied for just photo credits (and the fun of being “discovered,” of sorts).

But on the Phoenix Taco site, I came across 4 posts (with a total of at least eight photos) that used my photos, uncredited, and without permission. It was obvious they were my photos because the shadows, clouds, and cars parked in front of some of the murals were exactly the same and 2 photos even showed the sensor dust spot that my camera has and that I usually crop out but sometimes forget to (yeah, I should just get the sensor cleaned, it would be easier).

I just contacted them by email informing them of their infringement. I do still have all of my photos on my computer, complete with the EXIF data from my camera. I requested they go back and credit all my photos…they have tons of uncredited photos so I imagine they have “borrowed” most of them. I also included this information for them:

Copyright is a form of protection, authorized by the United States Constitution, that gives photographers, artists, authors, musicians, choreographers and architects the exclusive right to use and reproduce their works. Essentially, all original works can be copyrighted. This includes photographs, art works, sculpture, writings, music and computer software. Virtually all works created or first published after January 1, 1978 are protected by copyright. Many works created prior to 1978 are also protected.

The Copyright Act is federal law, not state law. Consequently, the law is uniform throughout the United States. Also, since the United States has signed several international copyright agreements, copyright protection is effective essentially all over the world.

(from photolaw.net)

In the case of photographs, it is sometimes difficult to determine who owns the copyright and there may be little or no information about the owner on individual copies. Ownership of a “copy” of a photograph – the tangible embodiment of the “work” – is distinct from the “work” itself – the intangible intellectual property. The owner of the “work” is generally the photographer or, in certain situations, the employer of the photographer. Even if a person hires a photographer to take pictures of a wedding, for example, the photographer will own the copyright in the photographs unless the copyright in the photographs is transferred, in writing and signed by the copyright owner, to another person. The subject of the photograph generally has nothing to do with the ownership of the copyright in the photograph. If the photographer is no longer living, the rights in the photograph are determined by the photographer’s will or passed as personal property by the applicable laws of intestate succession.

(from U.S. Copyright Office)

I imagine they assumed that the art is what needed to be credited and that photos of it were sort of in the public domain but that is not the case. Have your photos been plagiarized? And did it tick you off?

UPDATE: Phoenix Taco contacted me, apologized, and said that they would give me credit, also asking permission to keep the photos up. I said yes, of course. The photos were apparently submitted to them with no source. I’m not mad anymore 🙂 but it is a lesson that your photos can wind up anywhere…which I knew but this was my first experience finding them like that.


NoMoJoe Tequilya. If you live in the Phoenix area, you know what that means and who these calaveras represent (and you might know even if you don’t live here). And I concur.

This mural on Roosevelt Row is by Lalo Cota, who I wrote about~again~a few days ago and his sometime collaborator, Thomas Breeze Marcus. I’ve photographed this building before. This is what it looked like a year ago:

You can see that some of the roses and part of the background remain the same.

Over to the left, under the billboard, this is the mural on the side of eye lounge this month.

This mural changes every First Friday (except in the summer) and is always done by Joe Pagac, who you can watch paint amidst the crowds. This is what it looked like about a year ago:

And below is what it looked like about 6 months ago. This performance wall is commissioned by Stateside Presents, a concert and event promoter. So it’s a good gig for Joe Pagac.

More to come…

Vintage Hummers

Summer Story

When the hummingbird
sinks its face
into the trumpet vine,
into the funnels

of the blossoms
and the tongue
leaps out
and throbs,

I am scorched
to realize once again
how many small, available things
are in this world

that aren’t
pieces of gold
or power—-
that nobody owns

or could but even
for a hillside of money—-
that just float
in the world,

or drift over the fields,
or into the gardens,
and into the tents of the vines,
and now here I am

spending my time,
as the saying goes,
watching until the watching turns into feeling,
so that I feel I am myself

a small bird with a terrible hunger,
with a thin beak probing and dipping
and a heart that races so fast

it is only a heart beat ahead of breaking—-
and I am the hunger and the assuagement,
and also I am the leaves and the blossoms,
and, like them, I am full of delight, and shaking.

~Mary Oliver

My best shots of hummers~so far~were taken last March. The ones here were taken in July and I wasn’t as close nor was it as light out so they aren’t quite as good. Hence, they are now “vintage.” Textures by Kim Klassen (#1 and #3) and DistressedJewell.

Mas Calaveras

The other day as we were driving over to see the Valley of the Sunflowers field, Tony said, “There’s a new mural.” I knew right away that it was done by Lalo Cota since it features his unmistakable calaveras which I have blogged about before. Here’s a collage I did last year featuring several of them, scattered about the downtown Phoenix area.

Sometimes Lalo collaborates with Thomas Breeze and/or Pablo Luna. I was excited to see a new one on the front of Tacos de Juarez (authentic Mexican food) and I know there are a couple more around town, too, that I will blog about soon. It’s great to be photographing a few more murals again and we’re coming up on the best time of year to be walking around colorful downtown Phoenix with a camera.

I didn’t see any signatures so I’m not sure if he did the rooster, too.

Stay tuned for some new and updated murals…