“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran
I adore this week’s photos. There is literally nothing in life that fills me with greater pleasure than watching my girls together; any parent of siblings will understand the depth of joy it can bring to see your two babies look at each other with such wonder.
Living Arrows is one of my favourite parts of my week. It has encouraged me to take regular snaps of my family and to record and immortalise special little moments. It’s also been the incentive I sometimes need to work on improving my photography, and I absolutely love seeing the results.
Sadly, after a bit of a scare this week, I’m going to have to start being far more careful about the images I share on my blog and social media.
I’ve always steered away from full face images of Pixie, but admittedly I’ve become a little complacent and lax. And I’ve not been so regimented with Elfin yet because her baby face was yet to develop into recognisable features. As she’s getting older I’m conscious of that changing, so will start being equally protective of her in the photos I share too.
But this week has been a frightening reminder of the reason why this is necessary at all: many bloggers in the community (and probably other online professionals too) have had our photography lifted from our blogs and passed off as being under creative commons licencing. This essentially means there is no copyright and the images can be downloaded and used without permission. Except the photos were stolen and that is 100% incorrect and illegal. After reporting the company involved, I’m relieved to say my photographs have been removed from their site.
Nevertheless, it has left me feeling violated and vulnerable, and questioning whether I wish to continue with this series.
I’ve decided I will not be cowed, but I will be more cautious going forward.