It’s come to my attention that someone has been or had been selling at least one of my photos (the one pictured here) on a site called deviantART. It greatly saddens me that I have just recently started selling prints of my photography and art in order to generate a little side income, and here I find out my first sale went to a thief trying to pass themselves off as a creative type over a year ago, maybe more.
I found this out from a person who lives more than halfway across the country from me who, I accidentally discovered, has had this photo hanging on her wall for over a year. If the seller stole one photo, they more than likely have more (perhaps mine, perhaps other photographers) which they’ve been passing off as their own. If anyone has any information leading to the whereabouts of the perpetrator, feel free to contact me here in a comment or through a message on Flickr or Etsy.
The happy side to this story is the kindness of others. The original purchaser of this photo bought it AGAIN…from me, this time. Not expected, or required. How very nice of her, I must say! And another of my Flickr/Etsy contacts has told me that she is a member of deviantART as well, and is putting out her feelers on my behalf to bring down the lowlife….er….thief. (Thank you both, Janine and Nancy, I truly expected nothing and the kindness and help from each of you has been a wonderful gift!)