Anyone who has visited the doctorwhotoys site will have seen the pictures that I have contributed.
This site is fan run and a labor of love for those of us that have the honor of contributing to it. In fact I heard that some of the staff at CO actually take a look at it!!
Unfortunately, I just saw this morning that a retail site here in the United States is stealing the photos from the site and using them on theirs!
I am not going to say what site it is, but I am going to say this as an open letter to anyone that is a retailer.... The copyright on the photos on the doctorwhotoys.net site are held by the site administartor and myself! They are not to be used without written permission!
I give the site permission to display them in any way they feel will serve the visitors. This is NOT permission for a retailer to use them without permission.
Just like they make a living selling the toys, I hope to make a living with my photography. I sure as heck am NOT Ansel Adams, besides I really dont like black and white photos.
I do not get the figures that I photograph for free or at any discount. I pay full price and when I am finished with them I sell them off, I prefer to keep a sealed set. And I can assure everyone I am losing money at this.
But I love Doctor Who, I have watched it for nearly 30 years now! And as I have no illusions of ever being able to write, direct, or appear in an episode of the program, I consider this to be my way of being a part of it. I also love my photography, so when someone else, steals my work I am upset.
If I use a quote by someone else, I give them credit, if I use a picture that someone has put on a public forum, I make sure that individual is recognized. Or I ask permission to show it.
What will happen now is one of two things, you will see ugly watermarks on the top of any pictures I contribute, or you will not see any pictures at all from me. I know I am not the only one with a camera, but apparently enough people actually look forward to my pictures, they say that I use "a simplicity of style to bring out the best". They are only toys after all. But toys or Clare Forlani in the nude, they are MY work.
And yes, I am considering going after this retailer. They did not ask for permission to use my photos.
And it is NOT WhoNA.