June 19, 2012

OPINION | Source Unknown

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Another day and another commentary about the internet and its content. If you have ever spend time on the pages of Tumblr, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say that sometimes I become desperately frustrated when finding something amazing with no credits. Not to mention the hours of useless googling to (not)find the makers of these pictures...
I have develped a love hate relationship with Tumblr, which is on one hand a medium that works fantastically well to spread images but loses all the information in the process. Where most pictures come from is pretty obvious; a Celine lookbook or a Swedish blogger. But usually the most interesting ones are harder to retrieve, like this block building or photo of crinkled plastic.

Update: thanks to a helpful anonymous, Laura and Petra the images found their source.
Building; Museum of contemporary art in New York.
Show1: JS Lee, aw12
Show2: Hussein Chalayan ss12
Crinkled plastic; work of John Chamberlain, 1970

64 comments:

Arkasha Sadhewa said...

I have the same problem with you regarding tumblr. :( But if you have the time use google reverse image search (although sometimes there might be zero result, too).

il était une fois... said...

totally agree. drives me crazy. x

Anonymous said...

Haha I have the same problem with Tumblr. Isn't the first picture The Museum of Contemporary Art in New York?

laura-littleroominthenorth said...

Its so frustrating i know! but, there is some help! you can add onto google chrome the option to search google with an image and it will come up with where that image has been shown. So I found the crinkles plastic is by john chamberlain in 1969 http://web.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/chamberlain/#
xxx

Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts said...

I was just about to tell you the circle was by John Chamberlain... but I see someone has already found you the source!

I knew this source because I tumblr'd another image of his work -- and it's source was included.

So not all images on tumblr are sourceless! Although most are :/

Ola Paszkowska said...

This is one reason why Google is working on creating a browser that will let you post images as an inquiry and perform searches like that. Although I feel like it's almost impossible to make a search engine do that.

New search engine or not, it's just unfair not to include credits, so I agree with you wholeheartedly.

http://vintage0mint.blogspot.com/

Lies said...

Ik moet toegeven dat als ik iets reblog op Tumblr ook niet echt kijk naar de source omdat Tumblr bij mij gewoon af en toe mindless rebloggen is! Ik gebruik iets heel heel handig voor het vinden van bronnen: http://jarred.github.com/src-img/

Tot nu toe heeft het echt altijd al een goed resultaat gehad!

Daniella said...

The bulding looks like the modern art museeum in new york, but I'm not sure. I'm not even sure it's called the modern art museeum. But it looks like the museeum Carten Möllen had an art show not so long ago.

HONEY said...

it used to upset me a lot too, but since google images is improved, i always find what i'm looking for with the link of the image,and then seeing the different sizes, and where it all comes from!

Rikke Westesen said...

I totally agree with you!!

Rikke, http://www.rikkewestesen.blogspot.dk/

Kate said...

I agree, I always tag my pictures with all their details because I hate finding things things that aren't properly sourced. It's a simple easy thing to do and saves so much time for others in the long run.

The runway detail that you posted is from j. js lee fall winter 2012!

-Kate
you can find me on tumblr here: www.thisurlisunavalaible.tumblr.com

Aves Gry said...

I have the same relationship with tumblr. It is a great source for inspiration. But it is awful when it comes to crediting the source, also multiple posts of the same image floats around because people just save and repost. tsk tsk

nataliya said...

i have the same issues with tumblr, but its so addicting and such a good source of inspirations it's hard not to love it! thanks for your comment on my DIY bike!!!

nataliya
sewniice.blogspot.com

sofie said...

if you use Google Chrome as a webbrowser you can add this extension called 'search by image' by google, and then you just need to right-click the picture and choose 'search google with this image'. works like a charm, has helped me a LOT when looking for sources.
if you're using another webbrowser it might already have a similar extension, but if not, you can still go to google images, click the photo camera in the search bar and upload the image whose source you're looking for, google compares that to similar looking photos and keywords associated with the picture, it's really quite magical.

sofie said...

(one more thing i forgot to mention: it's also seriously good if you've got a photo and you'd want a bigger version of it, cause when google is looking for similar photos it also might find the same photo in a bigger resolution)

Render Sublime said...

I agree..... it proves quite challenging. The original source deserves to be recognised. Youve found some wonderful pictures here :) I like them xx

http://rendersublime.blogspot.com.au/

Jaeger said...

gorgeous

http://youngandimpressionablee.blogspot.com.au/

xx

Rhea Dillon said...

Totally get what you mean but the photos are so lovely on tumblr I can't help but love the site
xx

öomyht said...

That's the reason I love pinterest sometimes! I dont know if you like architorture, but I'm sure that youll love SANAA aesthetic (among other things theyre japanese, minimal, and they mostly use glass and white concrete) Here u have more info http://www.archdaily.com/70822/new-art-museum-sanaa/ if youre curious!

Groetjes!

Nadia said...

holy wow it is indeed so frustrating when you chance upon something so amazing on Tumblr and there isn't a source D:

Kiki said...

I totally agree with you! This is exactly my hate towards Tumblr.

I think people should give back the proper credits to the owner so I try to only reblog those photos that have source.

Floortje said...

Super!

Dominica said...

Simply and beauty ;)

ASH said...

Such gorgeous imagery.

Yufei Wang said...

I completely agree with you about the frustration of not being able to find the credit for images found on tumblr. Often I will see a gorgeous detail of a dress or awesome streetstyle, and I won't ever be able to find its source.
I hope this changes soon.

www.espaces-vides.blogspot.com

kurisutiina said...

hi, i've been an avid follower of your blog for about a month now and i'm so impressed! you have such an admirable sense of style. i almost instantly wanted to dye my hair into silver stumbling upon your stylings! (haven't done it yet though)

about not knowing the source of incredible pictures, I might have a useful tool for you:
http://www.tineye.com/

It is a reverse image search that finds many of the web pages where a similar picture appears, sometimes with more rigorous image credits. I recommend it.

have a nice day

petrole said...

Hello, the top right picture is j. js lee fw12 : I posted it on my tumblr and it is correctly credited (http://petrole.tumblr.com/post/19359015412/j-js-lee-fall-winter-2012-13). I know that the majority of pictures on tumblr are not credited but I do so please don't include my posts in it, thank you!

wie bekomme ich eine freundin said...

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COMPOSITION TWO said...

totally agree. drives me crazy. but the pictures are so beautiful...

oliviaa said...

Have you ever tried Google's 'Search by image feature'?? You just need to click the little blue camera on the right side of the search bar on the images page.

Jack XXX said...

gorgeous

Sarah said...

That's exactly why I've boycotted tumblr. Pinterest is slightly better because at least it encourages you to write a caption explaining the origins. Not everyone does it, but the fact that all images link back to a website, and that site usually mentions where it came from, it's much easier to find who made what.

Except of course when someone pins from tumblr. Then the vicious cycle continues. But your method of putting up the photos for readers who might know where they came from is genius as well ;)

Looooove your blog! I'm half way through making your white leather bag DIY and I can't wait to use the finished product!!

Karley Knight said...

Hi,

Have you ever tried Tineye reverse image search? http://www.tineye.com/

I often use it to keep track of my photography, make sure there's no plagiarism going down.


xxx

Eirian Chapman said...

Hello Ivania,
Someone alerted me to this toggle that you drag into your bookmark bar and click it when you want to find the source of an image:

http://jarred.github.com/src-img/

Sees pretty good!

PS love your blog!

Sasha said...

I feel the same way about tumblr. Its quick consumption model leaves me feeling a bit cold, especially when I find an image that I desperately want to know more about. I always try to add the most detailed information to anything I add to my tumblr because I know others feel the same way.

balkis said...

Love that last photograph.

-Balkis
http://www.babablogweb.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

You don't really personally write back to your followers who leave you comments anymore, do you? Or even answer their questions/ help or advice on tumblr. Pity

Pls answer this good comment:

I really love that tattoo. It's very simple and minimal, like you and your style.
I've been thinking about getting a tattoo, but I've been really scared about getting one, in terms of respectability to a potential future employer (I haven't yet figured out what I want to do after I graduate yet, but I don't want to close any doors on myself, you know?)
What are you planning to do in the future? Do you ever feel that your tattoos may limit you and what you want to do?

Thanks

live sports said...

nice post

LOVE AESTHETICS said...

at Anonymous: Yes, I am sorry. I agree that it's suuuch a shame that I can't reply to all messages (but I do try and answer as many as I possibly can), sometimes I do feel somewhat guilty about it. But it would mean turning my blog into a full time job, which I havn't been able to do yet.(though I am in the process of it, Love Aesthetics has become much more than just a little side project) It would mean giving up a lot; time with my kid, my job at Land or my studies. I hope you understand.

About tattoos: I don't think they'll be a problem in any job within the creative industry. What my experience is, is that people have become much more tolerant towards tattoos. So who knows, maybe in other fields tattoos will become fully accepted too.(I wouldn't care if my dentist had a full sleeve!) But if you are not sure yet, just get them on places where you can easily hide them. Keep you hands and wrists, neck and ankles clean.

TeuntjeVDW said...

Wow, amazing photos! But I have the same problem about not knowing the source of Tumblr images, hate that! xx.

Maaike said...

You're so right about this!

♥ Cassandra (Backtofive) said...

AMazing white! :D

backtofive.blogspot.com

vintage process said...

Nice!

Laura said...

love your pics

⚓ Meerjungfrau said...

u don't have to use chrome for searching pictures, just go to google picture-search, click on the little camera in the search bar and paste the link of the photo u want to know more about :). sometime u won't find something buuut most of the time it really works :)

Bani said...

I find that I don't have any trouble finding sources for pictures on tumblr... i just drag and drop the images in google

Alice said...

drag and drop is the key!


Please take a look at my art and fashion illustrations (here's my new post):

http://aliceauxpaysenchantes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/study.html

Xx

LLP said...

hello! just to let you know that the building is SANAA Architect's New Art Museum, New York. If you're not already familiar with their work I thoroughly recommend having a look, I think they have a sort of aesthetic austerity you'd really enjoy x

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Katie said...

Love this post, it has inspired me to search for a white skirt or trousers now!
I hate it too when people take away the credit from pictures on tumblr, its happened to me a few times so I just message the claiming source to change it, which is really anoying!
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Allysha N. said...

I quit tumblr because of that, too many people wanting their blogs to be their source and not wanting others to know the source. It's soooo annoying!

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Anonymous said...

Museum is called New Museum, on the Bowery ,NYC