Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
Would that mean that, if another photographer took pictures in Death Valley, you could not go there afterward and take your own pictures? Of course not. The key is to approach the subject in your own way, and not to ape your predecessors. Your pictures can still be yours, regardless of whether the subject has been explored before.
And so it is with authors' creations. They can be done, and given justice, by other than their creators. Many subjects, creations and characters have been re-explored by later creators, and they have not all suffered from the experience, especially in the theatre, motion picture and television arenas, but in literature as well.
In that light, I'd simply suggest you refrain from comment until after you've seen Benedictus' Winnie the Pooh or Colfer's "Hitchhiker's Guide," and not make a knee-jerk decision against it before it is done.
My statement is far from a knee-jerk reaction.
I have photographed in Death Valley many times, but until I developed my own style and gallery owners and curators would pick up an unsigned print by me and could say that I had done it and not another photographer I achieved no success.
As a photographer working in the fine-art world, I achieve more satisfaction creating new images and not copying someone else, even though I could make more money by copying someone like Ansel Adams.
As I stated before, this is my opinion.