caption this-

“It’s evident- the art of losing isn’t hard to master,” 
being held by artceae via tumblr. / personal permission given 

“I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.”
Bishop, Elizabeth. “One Art.” 1976,

We all love putting pictures with our words, and adding a image to text can help it reach more people- tweets with pictures see a 35% increase in retweets. However, before you paste a photo you did not take between paragraphs you have written, think about what you are implying. If you found the image on Google Images, chances are there is a photographer behind the photo who is getting copyrighted, and you are claiming it is yours by not properly attributing the picture. According to Foter Blog, 99% of Creative Commons photos are inadequately attributed, and more than 90% are not attributed at all.

So how do you attribute an image anyway? Below the caption, there should be a line that goes, “name of the photograph” by “name of the photographer” via “site where you got the photo” /CC BY-ND”.

the power of visuals

“Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.” The Odyssey, Homer.
Archbasilica of St. John Lateran by Cédric Dasesson via VK / CC BY-ND

An image is worth a thousand words. As mentioned above, including a photo in a tweet could increase the retweets by 35%- and that’s just within the twitter-sphere. When writing a blog post, including a relevant image  Here is a list of 20 sites where you can find free stock pictures to use in a blog post. In long text posts on Facebook, the inclusion of a relevant photo increased interaction from the audiences by 93%.  According to a study, the most successful blog posts have one image per every 350 words, as opposed to longer paragraphs and fewer images. 

hi! can i use your pic? (let’s make new friends)

cats do it better than you
| SOFT | by artceae via instagram / personal permission given 

 no you can’t. (jk) 

You might have noticed that for the first and third pictures, instead of linking to CC BY-ND, I wrote “personal permission given.” That’s because I’d decided- in the middle of English class, too- to gather up enough courage to ask Rose if I could use her images in my school blog post.

Some people might know that I run an abundance of tumblr blogs, and if I’d learned anything from all the time I wasted, it’s that the platform gives artists around the world carte blanche to share their works. And if you know where to look, there are endless pits of imagination for anyone and everyone to revel in. Artceae just happened to be one of the talented people I follow, and during one of my unintentional space-out-and-daydream (emphasis is on unintentional) intervals in class, one of her works popped into my head.

So I opened up tumblr in the middle of class (in my defense it is for English class), and sent this before I could overthink it too much-

and the next day she replied (what?! *gasps*)


And that is the story of how I, a many-time best social faux pas nominee & winner, managed to contact a total stranger and ask for permission to use her work. I mean, if I can do it, then you can, too.

3 thoughts on “Georgia

  1. I think it is really cool that you reached out and asked for permission on the pictures. It also gives the artists a heads-up on who is using them.

  2. I really like the pieces (poem+artwork) you chose to begin this writing. But I am most impressed by how you reached out to someone you admire and ask for their permission. It makes interactions behind our cold bright screens so much more humane. And I thank you for that. Great post.

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