Several years ago, before kids and as almost newlyweds, my husband and I got a dog. A dachshund to be precise. Kirby was the runt of his litter and was always a bit curious. During a time when I was learning studio lighting in our extra bedroom (remember, before kids), I set up a strobe and a black backdrop, and with dog treats in hand, I made my sweet three-year old wiener dog the subject for the day.
Little did I know that when I posted his mugshot on Flickr back in 2006 that I’d be able to find him on wallpaper sites, veterinary sites and a random site that used his image in some weird Photoshop contest (I particularly love Reindeer Kirby).
Since Kirby’s photo has traveled the inter-webs, I think it’s time I put his sweet puppy face where it belongs – on my site.
What a curious pup he was at three. What a sleepy nine-year old he is now.
While this is a lighthearted post – in all honesty, I had no idea something like this would ever happen. I also thought, naively in 2006, that if anyone used the image online, they’d give appropriate credit to the copyright holder. That’s obviously not the case. I’ve yet to find someone who actually credited me for my work here.
I’m happy to know that people are getting enjoyment from my image. Just as a songwriter or a musician, that’s part of the reason we create our content. However, it is disheartening to not receive credit or even be asked permission to use the image. And yes, I am seeking advice from PPA on the matter.
P.S. If you have a Flickr account, be sure you’ve set the appropriate copyright and prevented original downloads. Kirby’s journey was made possible because I inadvertently allowed downloads in 2006. So, if it’s been awhile since you’ve been on Flickr, you might want to double check your settings.