A recent post at Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection questions why people use watermarks and/or signatures on their photos. Thomas makes no qualms about hating them, even to the point of giving someone a less then favorable review if they use them. He doesn’t use them and he states; “…the real reason why people do it is that they think that it gives them some means of promotion for their work — that and just pure ego.”
I do use a small watermark/signature (@Meandering Passage) on the bottom of my photos. Perhaps it’s “a pure sign of an amateur” as Thomas also states. I never thought it was a case of ego or self promoting, I don’t even use my name, but perhaps it is in a way. Thomas is entirely entitled to his own opinions and he clearly stated his reasons. I admire Thomas Hawk’s photography and respect his opinion and for sure he’s given me something to consider.
However, for me watermarks are a personal choice and not a deal breaker. I feel as photographers, being willing to see and move pass our own perceptions should extend beyond our photography and into our lives.
The post photo, with watermark, was taken this spring of the forest floor in woods at a local park. With processing, the ferns reminded me of fossils.