Instagram is my main creative outlet and my main source of inspiration. I used to use it predominantly as a source of building relationships and finding like minded people. Especially when the boys were little. In the last few months though I have been trying to focus a little more on my photography. Which has meant more time looking through those stunning accounts and less time on the accounts of people I could actually imagine being real life friends with.
Its this refocus onto the pretty that has made me see more and more copying of the larger accounts. It has got me thinking about whether this sort of thing is actually ok. Should that be accepted as part and parcel of having a large following? By default these people are inspiring and that often leads to people wanting to replicate both beautiful images and ultimately the success that comes with it.
Is anything ever original anyway? We are all influenced by others in every aspect of life not just those little squares. I am definitely inspired by others. I hold my hands up. Sometimes my creativity hits a low and I head over to amazing accounts such as rvk_loves and kate.lavie to soak up some inspiration.
It is very rare that I actually replicate an image and when I do I always credit the person and have been known to ask permission before doing so. After all you lose nothing by complimenting others and I see people mention me all the time which is amazing!
So how do I personally feel about copying? Well I’m torn. I think that it is completely ok to be inspired by others but I also feel like the people who get copied the most have worked really hard to get where they are and actually it can be a little demotivating when you see someone just do the exact same thing without mentioning you.
In fact I actually blocked an Instagram account because they copied EVERY image of mine. It felt like theft to me. My inbox was forever full of people sending me pictures saying had I seen the latest copy and it all seemed very bitchy and unnecessary. To me blocking that person just removed me from the unhealthy situation as I couldn’t see anything to get disheartened about.
I am only really talking about creativity in this post. When it comes to clothes I think its fair game. If Sandra won’t tell you where she got her £12.99 skirt from then I think she needs to be unfollowed!
How do you feel about copying? Have you ever experienced it?