Colorful,, Photographs, Pictures, Ray Laskowitz
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Drive By

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

A couple of semi-left out images. Just a little drive by work… I doubt these will get stolen. Remember that very graphic picture of the bare trees against the backlighted cloud that I published here yesterday? A guy with whom I went to high school, liked it when he saw it on Facebook so much so that he used it on his page. No thanks. No credit. What should I do? Because it’s him, my first inclination is to not ask him to take it down. He already knows better. My first inclination is to have my attorney send him little love letter with an invoice attached.

Whaddya all think?

I’m pretty generous with pictures. Early last week a friend of mine who is starting a beautiful travel agency website (he’s shifted careers and has become a travel agent … go to  just sort of casually asked if I have anything from New Orleans. He’s actually from New Orleans. He knows I have  stuff from New Orleans. Heh, heh, heh. Without any second thought I sent him, I think, ten pictures. He’s a friend.  He asked. No problem. Happy to do it. He back linked me. That’s my pay. I’m happy. He’s happy. The world is right.

But, just stealing a picture from me because you can… well, that ain’t happening. It’s time for artists of all disciplines to take back what is ours.

These pictures?

They are a great example of what not to do. Don’t photograph and drive. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. For most people, it’s probably not a good idea to change the radio station and drive. You can see great examples of how some people drive on the interstate. Just look at the cement guard rail on the highway itself. On both sides of the highway, in fact. It seems like a lot of people have been bouncing off of them. Look at all those tire marks. How hard is it to drive in a straight line? Apparently, it’s harder than I thought. What do I know?

The Mercedes Benz Superdome.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome.



  1. Maybe you should forward all your spam email and join him to every offer for penis enlargements, offers of $2m from Nigeria etc etc that comes through the email. “Hey!, you like my pictures, you should try my mail too” Let him have everything.

    Nice photography, by the way.


  2. I think that you can – and should – ask your friend to mention your name, profession, give you credits, add links. And mention what your regular charge is for an image of that type. He may just be ignorant of such things. Facebook can be misleading, like a free-for-all site. Give the benefit of the doubt before you unleash the dogs of ‘cease and desist’… Cheers!


  3. Thanks for that, Vera. He is very media smart. He understands very well what he is doing. Believe it or not, I’ve known him since 1967. We went to high school together. See my response to Billy above. Dogs of cease and desist? Nah. Just my Texas attorney. It really is time to take a stand… and, if that means being a bit of a jerk, oh well.


  4. I’m with ya, Ray. Does that mean that all those Christmas Cards I have been sending using your photos over the years are going to cost me my dog and my truck?? 🙂


  5. Thank you Jennifer. I expect pictures to be stolen online. Unfortunately, it’s the way of the world. I do what I can to defeat it, but I’m realistic. It is so much worse because I know the guy who did it. There is way too much multi-tasking going on when people are driving. I do it when I make those kinds of pictures… at least, I’m actually driving and really not paying attention to the camera. As I wrote to Vera above, I don’t even look at the camera. Still. Phones and texting are even worse. How can you possibly type and pay attention to the road?


  6. hrosson says

    Just ask him to credit you. Or put your info on the bottom if the picture when posting it. Nevertheless, good work as always. The colors on that bridge pic are stunning. I appreciate your constant pursuit.


    • Thanks for that. Watermarks are not a good idea any more. They get in the way in they tend to alienate real clients. Asking anything has gotten real old. Time to take back artist’s rights.


      • hrosson says

        you are right, they do get in the way. unfortunately unless you are getting paid for a job, shit does just get out there. it happens with all art. your stuff is good though. that is the important part.


  7. I’m sorry about the incident with your ‘friend.’
    It’s sad how many folks don’t seem to know about common courtesy and respect. Yes, I realise that by posting things on line, there is the definite risk of people trying to steal it. But it doesn’t make it feel any better when we actually experience it, especially when done by someone we know… 😦 I admire how you can keep a sense of humour in spite of this.
    Kind regards,


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