I see a multitude of pictures online every single day (mostly on Imgur, via Reddit), and I like the idea of saving those that I enjoy and collecting them all in one place. What do I plan to do with them? Nothing, really. Just look at them. Now that they’re here, you can look at them too.
First, let’s talk about crediting. I have spent well over 30 hours doing my best to find the source of every single one of these images. Depending on how you count it, I have successfully credited 135 of these pictures to their creators/designers, only leaving 18 uncredited (give or take). Each one of these pictures was uncredited when I found them.
Some were very simple to trace down, others quite hard. The process has involved the translation of over 10 languages, the use of Google Search by Image, the emailing of dozens of people, sifting through layer upon layer of bs, and cultivating a deep disdain towards those who perpetuate bogus citations. I can’t tell you how many times I saw “Pinterest” or “Facebook” credited as a source. To tell you the truth, the images I failed to find sources for weren’t the ones that were the most obscure, but were the images that had been reposted to oblivion without any citation. It felt like I was wading through a sea of content, just looking for a single clue to point me in any direction.
But why is citing important? Well, for one, it’s the right thing to do. Beyond that? To be honest, I can’t remember any other time in my life when I have seen so much amazing content in such a short period of time. Essentially, I had over a hundred single works of art, each from different artists, and I just discovered their entire collections. Do the multiplication. I stumbled across human rights, war, space exploration, architecture, civil disobedience, futuristic sculpture, expression, advertising, and art the likes of which I haven’t seen in years.
So the next time you see something cool online, do yourself a favor and find its creator. You won’t be disappointed. And please, scroll to the bottom of these pages to read the credits and click on some links.