Longtime readers of The Vintage Traveler are probably thinking, “What? That card, again?” Yes, I’m aware that I show this, my favorite Christmas card of all time, year after year, but this time I actually have a reason for sharing it. Those of you who blog or who have a website know that for many sites, like WordPress, you can see the websites that refer readers to your site. Lately I’d noticed a lot of traffic coming from Pinterest.
I bet most of you have already discovered Pinterest, but if not, it is an image collecting site. I don’t know how else to put it, but it’s like a virtual bulletin board where you can store (and share, of course) all the wonderful things you used to save on your computer somewhere. Personally, I’m not sure how this is allowed under copyright law, as people freely take from sites and blogs anything they feel must be pinned.
This would have driven me nuts several years ago, but the total acceptance of sites like Flickr and Tumblr and Pinterest have become so much a part of internet culture, that it’s time to fact the fact that anything that is posted on one’s site is apt to be taken and spread far and wide. I’ve gone from having a statement on my blog for people not to use my photos, to having a statement telling people they may use them in certain circumstances if they properly credit me.
The truth is, once it is posted on the net, you loose control of who takes it and runs with it. Interestingly, I’ve found that since I posted my statement to take what you want, I rarely find any of my work or photos that are not linked back to me. But then I’m not spending any time looking for infringers either.
* I was surprised to find so many images from The Vintage Traveler on Pinterest. A reminder, please link back to the source anytime you use a site like Pinterest or Tumblr. It’s the right thing to do.
* If you click on just one link this week, let it be to this article by Kurt Andersen at Vanity Fair. He raises questions about style, and why it seems to have changed so little in the past 20 or so years. In other words, why do people look and dress pretty much the same in 2011 as they did in 1996? Seriously, I thought it was only me, that I was stuck in the type of style rut that happens to women of a certain age. I have photos of me wearing an outfit in 1996 that I still wear and love. Read this. via
* Ray and Charles Eames will be profiled on American Masters on Monday, December19, 2011. Included is a close look at Ray Eames’ personal style.
* Francois Lesage died last week. For many years he was the head of one of the few remaining couture embroidery houses in Paris.
* For some time now, Vogue has been teasing us with the news that every single page of every single issue of the magazine was to be put online. Well, the day has arrived, and there’s good news and bad news.
* For years it has been very tricky trying to buy any “luxury” brand from a site like ebay, but often the seller of legitimate goods could include the original packaging and the sales receipt as a bit of peace of mind. No more.
* I have a Movie Modes hat. It would be fun to discover the movie that inspired it!