Imitation can acquire pretty much everything but the power which created the thing imitated
- Henry S. Haskins -
If you have ever felt incensed by anyone who has lost their humanness and conscience somewhere between trying to be original and 'the bees knees', has had the gall to call you a friend yet has copied just about every single thing you do, this might help you on the road to locating the sanity that you will need to rediscover within yourself because the heartbreak of having to deal with obsessed and half-crazed individuals making your passion into something they call their own is devastating. Taking the credit for someone else's natural-born skill and turning those ideas into miserably inadequate attempts at second-rate recreation just embraces the unimaginative at it's best. All it essentially is, is intellectual property theft and a feeble attempt at something they will never be able to reproduce.
As a trusted friend so eloquently penned it: "Like they say - imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. It simply means that you are considered so good that someone else through there own lack of creativity deems it worth their time and effort to just recreate what you did effortlessly out of your being. It means that you so inspire those that look at your work that it creates the yearning to try and capture the same emotions you do. Unfortunately it is not that easy as your work is basically inimitable and when reproduced it will always lack the magic of your soul. They are not taking anything away from you in essence. You walk your journey and just take pride in the fact that YOU inspire, they are merely inspired."
Madonna once beautifully sang:
"Freedom comes when you learn to let go
Creation comes when you learn to say no
You were my lesson I had to learn
I was your fortress you had to burn
Pain is a warning that something's wrong
There's nothing left to try
There's no place left to hide
There's no greater power
Than the power of good-bye"
It's most empowering when you stand in your own mastery. Saying goodbye to unoriginal thieves and taking back what was always yours and never theirs, learning to let go and allowing for the creative process to flow once more is the kindest gift that you can ever bestow upon yourself. And skipping away while you whistle as your middle finger juts out firmly into the air just makes the finishing touches of closure that much sweeter.
Below is a blog post by Heidi Guerard that sums it up rather beautifully...it most certainly helped me feel less alone.
This chapter of my story is now forever and officially closed.
"Then I learned...
When you create from a place of competition, you limit yourself. You limit yourself to the confines of your competition. I don’t want to be one step ahead of someone else. I want to be the greatest version of myself. True creativity is born out of an inner space of authenticity. It is unlimited. The more you look inwards for inspiration, the greater your creative potential will be.
The only way to hear that inner voice is to get rid of the outer noise. So I stopped looking. I forgave those that didn’t play by the rules. I began sharing my gifts without fear. I began to celebrate the success of others. I finally understood that nothing I truly possess could ever be stolen from me. And you know what happened? My world became positive. And I learned the greatest lesson of my life. What we see in our world is a reflection of ourselves. The industry we see is a reflection of ourselves.
Choose to see the good and you will rise to a whole new level. Choose not to be consumed by the negativity (which exists in every industry by-the-way), and it is a cold, dark world out there my friends. So the next time a thief visits your world I challenge you to do this. Take the legal action necessary, then pour yourself a big glass of wine (errr bottle) and call up a close girlfriend who can agree with you that this person is acting like a scumbag.
And then, here comes the magic part, FORGIVE it. Let it go. Wake up with a hangover and go back to being the awesome, rockin’ photographer who everyone else wants to rip off! Remember, everyone makes mistakes, and maybe before you were perfect, you made a few yourself. I know I sure did".
- Heidi Guerard -
How I see it...
I see, speak and write in metaphors because I feel there is much we can learn from nature, people and our surroundings as depicted in my photographs and why I enjoy sharing my thoughts. Not in any attempt to convince or convert you to my way of thinking, seeing or feeling but to share how I see and experience MY mind map of the world. You at no time have to agree, all I ask is that my views and the views of others who wish to express theirs are kindly respected. So relax, get comfy and just enjoy. Happy reading!