bomobob…at it again.

17 May

Saw this NEW! copycat photo by Bobo today : http://www.etsy.com/listing/99929007/horse-photo-white-horse-equestrian

Seems he really liked the one by this top artist that is two years old: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78543535/nature-photography-white-horse

As a photographer who tries to straddle the fence between staying original and staying relevant I know how hard it is not to be overly influenced by the art around me. But this sort of carbon copying is weak to say the least. Think of something on your own bobo.
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We’ve actually posted someone’s callout on Bomobob’s extreme inspiration before- https://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/reader-email-intellectual-theft/

Edited to Add:

Hi. Irene of Eye Poetry Photography here: the photographer who was copied by bomobob. I’ve been aware of his practices for years. This isn’t the first time he’s been “extremely inspired” by my work.

My photograph Snowblind:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61122631/winter-photography-tree-snowflakes-snow

His version:
http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42009565

My owl photograph:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90278201/nature-photography-great-horned-owl

His versions:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/95125008/owl-photo-bird-print-owls-canadian
http://www.etsy.com/listing/95234176/owl-photography-bird-print-yellow-eyes

There have been other instances as well.
Irene

54 Responses to “bomobob…at it again.”

  1. Sickofetsywhores May 17, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I forgot all about bomo. He hasn’t been on the fp daily anymore, has he?

  2. Dee May 17, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I didn’t see the original callout but I after I was told, I stopped paying attention to any of that guys stuff. That really is a lot of blatant copying.

  3. mary May 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I have to say that’s a stretch. I have lots of photos of my horses like that. Its something you get when i horse is friendly.

  4. PussDaddyBlogs (@PussDaddyBlogs) May 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Well hey, the top art of a two year old is probably an improvement.

  5. anonymous May 18, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I found this shop – full of shoes from last summer, her “cleaning out the attick” (sic) doesn’t fool me.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/BettyBoopsVintage
    Check out this pair for instance, I was in and out of Sportsgirl every week in 1992 and I never saw anything like these. http://www.etsy.com/listing/96009259/vintage-gold-and-tan-suede-flat-sandals

  6. Yellshe May 18, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    Most of her shoes look ok… You want shoes that don’t qualify http://www.etsy.com/listing/99560269/steve-madden-boots-troopa-size-85-m if you can still google the style name and find a bunch well then they aren’t vintage.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/88586532/moccasin-style-suede-mid-calf-boots-with?ref=v1_other_1

  7. Yellshe May 18, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/97992835/green-day-action-kit
    International Superhits came out in 2001, and it was a collection of songs, some from 1993. Maybe that’s why this seller seems to think this is vintage. Way to go Etsbay the online garage sale.

  8. Dee May 18, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Here one…

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/99082640/geometric-neon-interwoven-vegan-leather?ref=fp_recently_viewed_2

    She doesn’t say she makes them. They really look mass produced.

  9. glitzglitter May 18, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Dee, that etsy seller ships from greece, but I found it here on a bulgarian website
    http://bg-look.com/%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%B4%D0%B0%D0%BC%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0-%D1%87%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%B2-%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D1%86%D0%B2%D1%8F%D1%82-tendenz

    for 58.99 lev which is $38.

  10. Sickofetsywhores May 18, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/99560269/steve-madden-boots-troopa-size-85-m

    I have these, bought them last year. Farking liar.

  11. Irene of Eye Poetry May 18, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Hi. Irene of Eye Poetry Photography here: the photographer who was copied by bomobob. I’ve been aware of his practices for years. This isn’t the first time he’s been “extremely inspired” by my work.

    My photograph Snowblind:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/61122631/winter-photography-tree-snowflakes-snow

    His version:
    http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42009565

    My owl photograph:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/90278201/nature-photography-great-horned-owl

    His versions:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/95125008/owl-photo-bird-print-owls-canadian
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/95234176/owl-photography-bird-print-yellow-eyes

    There have been other instances as well.
    Irene

  12. Yellshe May 18, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    I’ve been reporting those boots all week. Do the people who work at Etsy shop anything other than their own site? I have to assume that they don’t get out much if they are dumb enough tO believe those are from 1970… They must be idiots.

    Hey Etsy! Grab a fashion magazine! Browse current trends and learn how to use Google! Then you won’t be tricked into believing anything bought used at the thrift store is automatically vintage.

  13. Dee May 18, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I think Etsy is just so inundated with resellers that they are starting to turn a blind eye to all but the smaller ones. The bigger ones….heavy money makers….well Etsy is a business.

    @Glitzglitter
    It’s obvious the pleather bags aren’t handmade by the seller. Not surprised to see them listed elsewhere. Hopefully Etsy will check it out. Thanks for finding that site.🙂

  14. TheBargainBabe May 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Well yours truly just got muted for 7 days.

    Boo. They said it was this post:
    https://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/site-help/discuss/10206501/page/165/?post_id=126138422

    What did I say that isn’t allowed? I didn’t say names and I’m sure there is more than one person slapping paint on premade furniture. Agh.

    TheBargainBabe is the latest victim of the etsy cupcakes!

  15. Sickofetsywhores May 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    God I hate those f-ing cupcakes.

  16. Sickofetsywhores May 19, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Ya, and the only one that looks like Irene’s is bomo’s.

  17. Stiffler'sMom May 19, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Yeah, I don’t think Steve Madden can be vintage. Actually very very few of her shoes look ok. Most are new but retro styles.

  18. FerrisWheelsAreDaBomb May 19, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    The entire category is incestuous. To point out one shop as supposedly copying when you can barely recognize which photo belongs to which artist anymore is obviously just a personal attack. Who did which photo first is almost a chicken and egg argument at this point.
    Maybe if bomo were on one of the big treasury teams his accusers always seem to be on he wouldn’t be targeted. Or maybe it’s because he isn’t a bitchy woman who plays games?

  19. Funny Bird May 19, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    This thread just got very interesting.

    * scratches head and wonders who Ferris is *

    LOL

  20. FerrisWheelsAreDaBomb May 19, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    I’m a carnie obviously.

  21. susan May 19, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    I find it funnyironic that the two photosellers that get talked about a lot on ECO are from the same geographical area, Racetay in Ottawa and Bomobob in Montreal, and Irene is also from Montreal. You should all have drinks together and punch it out like Justin Trudeau.

  22. Irene of Eye Poetry May 19, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Yes, the photography category is very incestuous, and that’s one of the things I hate about being on Etsy. But there are lots of things I like about it, so I stay. It’s disheartening to see copies of your work within days of listing a new print, but there it is. Rather than wallow in negative feelings, as much as possible I try to use it to push me to be a better photographer and move on.

  23. Funny Bird May 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    @susan

    -you couldn’t call that a ” punch it out” it would be more like shadow boxing!

  24. Stiffler'sMom May 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I could tell you are a carnie. Small hands and you smell like cabbage…

  25. PussDaddyBlogs (@PussDaddyBlogs) May 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Question real quick-concerning the owl photograph-his shows the entire owl but Eye Poetry’s shows only a portion of the owl. Where did he copy and paste the entire owl? Do you have the entire owl pic in flickr or something? He couldn’t copy and paste an entire owl from only your portion of an owl you have listed on Etsy.

  26. Sickofetsywhores May 21, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    He’s not c&p-ing, he is taking similar shots himself (at least I hope so).

  27. Sickofetsywhores May 21, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Handmade with love my ass.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/blossomandbloomers?ref=seller_info

  28. PussDaddyBlogs (@PussDaddyBlogs) May 22, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    Right click I meant, not copy and paste.

  29. CDC May 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    “Yes, the photography category is very incestuous” I agree. Such is the world of the visual artist. Once you share it the genie is out of the bottle. Every good I idea is going to be mimicked. But only by mimics… not by artists.

    I saw the Mapplethorpe show in the early 80’s. He had this incredible photo of a bald, dark skinned man with his fingers interlaced over the top of his shaved head. It was really stunning composition and a very original perspective. If I have seen that same shot once I have seen it 100 times since then.

    Mimics are not artists. From one to another… hats off Irene and a big boo to Bobo.

  30. Dee May 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    If two artist, one at 1pm and another at 2pm, got to the Eiffel Tower and take a picture in the exact same location, using the exact same angle, is the one who came at 2pm copying the one that came at 1pm? There seems to be a very thin line between mimicry and original art. My point is there may well have been a lowly photographer on etsy who was selling a horse’s head before Irene and Bob, neither knowing about her/him. Then here comes Irene with hers. Perhaps Irene becomes the originator because she’s a bigger seller. What if Bob also took a picture like the lowly namely photographer? Who copied who? What if none of them copied? All of this may be worth considering. Hmmm.

    For the record, Irene is my favorite. I absolutely love her work. But no one has reinvented the wheel, or taking a picture of a horse’s head.

  31. CDC May 24, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Dee. If the artist from 2pm is named Bobo and he is following the other artist around, yes… It is copying.

    This is about a pattern, not a chance occurrence. Not just of his work but of his banner, avatar, bio, shop listings. Everything is a copy of whatever “inspires” him and he is quite inspired.

  32. Dee May 24, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I have another seller that is “inspired” by my work often. Me and a couple of other sellers. I’d love to call her out, but not sure if I should do it because like I said, none of us are reinventing the wheel. But I do sympathize with the photographers that have someone copying their work.

  33. ipukecupcakes May 24, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    This has gone from being something slightly interesting, to just plain old trash talk.
    There are myriad examples in any category of items that are similar. But to now posit that avatars and bios are all copied is just absurd and completely without merit. If it were the case, why would he still have such a dumb shop name?

  34. CDC May 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi ipukecupcakes. His shop name may indeed be the only original idea he has had yet.

  35. rebecca May 25, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Irene is such a saint. I mean she only brought this up to push herself to do better work. Grownups would actually contact the other photographer instead of using a call out blog if it were true.

    There are hundreds of photographers that use carnivals, owls and butterflies. Does she ever do a search on etsy?

  36. CDC May 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    She didn’t bring it up… I did.

  37. Looseycaboosy May 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    HAHAH! She takes down my post where I am comparing her work to Ed Hardy ! Amazing that Stifflersmother can dish it out and she cannot take it back! LOL Take a look it looks like the Moderator of this blog feels that maybe Ed Hardy Stole her work??

    Compare her versions to the About 95,200 results I found Searching for Hummingbird and Ed Hardy on Google.. You be the judge!

    About 95,200 results http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85058.msg876242#msg876242

    and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85058.msg941732#msg941732

    Compare to About 95,200 results

    https://www.google.com/search?q=ed+hardy+hummingbird&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=MnjFT8rbIeW26gHlypmoBg&biw=939&bih=550&sei=NXjFT4bDHKT56QHs7ZXNBg although she claims this

    Stiffler’sMom May 29, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Wow Loosey. Touch a nerve there? I crap more talent in one day that half of the sellers on etsy. But then I am a jealous hating bitch who has no life. Go paint a moustache on your douchecanoe or something.

    Stephanie, I don’t sell purses. That was just an example.

    Pretty cocky huh!

  38. Noelin B Perez May 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Is very interesting it , loved it ,happy…!!!!

  39. TheaInVT May 31, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Ah, but you see Bomobob *upscaled* the image by adding a fence that looks like barn wood.

  40. mark May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    That sucks. I have a good friend who is a photographer and a photo of an elephant that he took in India was copied by another photographer who even went as far as to track down the same elephant. The ripoff made it into National Geographic. Go figure. This isn’t inspiration, it’s theft.

  41. ipukecupcakes May 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I’m having a real hard time here with the word “theft”.

    Maybe Irene stone her horse photo from this guy:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/71320037/horse-photograph-horse-barn-equine-brown

    Sure looks similar.

    And my guess is she probably nicked her “original” owl photo from this dude:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/94390583/great-horned-owl-photo-ladybird-5×7

    I mean shoot, that’s a carbon copy. So by the logic presented above, it stands to reason that Irene may be the real thief here.

  42. Marilyn in NYC June 1, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    The originals are so much better…

  43. Marisa June 2, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Honestly, why is this even here? The photos are different. A photo of an entire owl and a photo of just an owl’s eye are not the same photo. Anyone can take a snapshot of a horse’s face, or angle down and take a snapshot of the entire horse. Not even Irene’s are “art”, just another example of washed up, cliche’d imagery in modern snapshot photography. If you don’t want your work to be similar to anyone elses, take photos of something that can’t be easily replicated with a Canon point and shoot and a few minutes at your neighbor’s barn.

  44. rebecca June 3, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    @ipukecupcakes thanks for the links Irene’s over photoshopped, did I say over photoshopped do look pretty similar to lots of photographers. I think the blog owes an apology to bomobob Just because Irene says something doesn’t mean it’s true.

    If you look at google cached versions of 2 other photogs, you might just see she is the copycat. You do the digging.

    It’s one thing to write a call out blog, it’s quite another to bend the truth and call it that. It’s bullshit.

  45. Sarah June 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Ipukecupcakes is right. Seriously, a picture of an entire owl is a copy of part of an owl’s head? Let’s be honest here, Eye Poetry Photography’s photo looks like more of a copy of Stephs Shoes than Bomobob’s does of her’s. So why are panties getting all wadded again? I just don’t get it.

    Yeah, this entire thing makes no sense to me, no animosity here or anything, it’s just ridiculous claims. I looked at the original post about this, and in the comments someone was saying that some of the photos he’s accused of copying are older than the Etsy stores he supposedly copied. Was that even looked into? Or is making baseless accusations more important than the truth? Other posts on this site made me feel I’d found a gem of a site, but this.. what is this?

  46. jo June 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    bomo? come on… he’s straight up. this is silly, so many have copied him too…

  47. jo June 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    not meaning that he copied anyone… he saw a popular trend and took a pic of a horse with a fence… seriously… you guys? silly

    especially in light of the ridiculous stuff that’s on etsy

  48. Mayra October 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Honestly…as a photographer myself…this is NOT copying. I think this is a case of jealousy. Irene, I had respect for you until I read your comments on this post. It is truly sad that you believe you were the first person to ever take a photo of an owl or horse. Bomobob just so happens to also photograph animals…your style of photo editing is popular right now Irene…you didn’t invent tilt-shift photography, bokeh and you sure as hell didn’t invent the idea of photographing animals in nature. LOL.

  49. redstoneranger January 9, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    To be honest, I find it hard to blame him. Apparently this washed out, pastel, over photoshopped stuff is all that sells on Etsy. Every single top seller’s stuff looks exactly the same. What’s the point in being original if no one will buy it?

  50. GetReal March 5, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    This topic and conversation is probably the biggest waste of time I’ve spent in recent memory…. All of the top “photography” sellers on ETSY really do look like carbon copies each other. They are all lucky SNAPSHOTS over-processed with purchased photoshops actions and all of them lack originality or artistic value.

    Can you even consider them photographs anymore? “REALITY” has been completely reinvented… and is fake fake fake. Adding a texture or “bokeh from nowhere” to your images completely negates the essence of PHOTOGRAPHER, PHOTOGRAPH, or PHOTOGRAPHY. If anything it makes both of them digital artists.

    I honestly don’t know how this Irene lady got so popular her snapshots are complete rubbish, and boring. There is nothing interesting about a horse or an owl and we have all seen them 100 times. If she made a horse do something extraordinary or posed them herself in a creative manner, by all means – let it shine, but shes not. The purpose of a photograph is to tell a story, show emotion, what the hell story is she telling with an eye of an owl, or a horse head? Nothing. It sells because she’s great at marketing and selling a craft short that she obviously has no passion about, other than profit. She really is JOKE to call herself a photographer.

    And to come out and accuse someone of “copying” her, how is that even remotely professional? She seems him as a threat. Because his images might take away from some of the sheep “stay at home mom” customers that find her on Etsy who are attracted to “pretty things” with their attention spans of 5 minutes, that have no conceptual idea of Fine Art. I hope that mentioning her name, Irene Suchocki or EyePoetryPhotography generates enough SEO for potential clients to find this article and see how snide of a person she really is, and that the majority of her “photography” is completely fabricated in photoshop. We live in a beautiful and colorful world, not one a “soft and dreamy” or “unsaturated” one.. I cannot wait until this trend dies down… In any other place aside from Etsy or tv show decorators looking for a bargain, her “work” is a joke, and a laughing stock among professional photographer community. If you want to see REAL photographers are doing check out Dave LaChapelle, or James Nachway, Steve McCurry, you WONT EVER FIND any photoshop tricks, textures, or bogus color gimmicks in their work.

    MARISA “Honestly, why is this even here? The photos are different. A photo of an entire owl and a photo of just an owl’s eye are not the same photo. Anyone can take a snapshot of a horse’s face, or angle down and take a snapshot of the entire horse. Not even Irene’s are “art”, just another example of washed up, cliche’d imagery in modern snapshot photography. If you don’t want your work to be similar to anyone elses, take photos of something that can’t be easily replicated with a Canon point and shoot and a few minutes at your neighbor’s barn.” Said it best… & a close second goes to MAYRA “Honestly…as a photographer myself…this is NOT copying. I think this is a case of jealousy. Irene, I had respect for you until I read your comments on this post. It is truly sad that you believe you were the first person to ever take a photo of an owl or horse. Bomobob just so happens to also photograph animals…your style of photo editing is popular right now Irene…you didn’t invent tilt-shift photography, bokeh and you sure as hell didn’t invent the idea of photographing animals in nature. LOL.”

  51. Hazel March 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Have to agree with Get Real above. The photographs don’t even look that similiar to me, besides the fact I’ve seen a thousan forgers just like both of theirs! People really need to get over the copy cat idea. There is always going to be someone else with the same or similiar idea. Get over it and just enjoy doing what you do.

  52. Stewart February 5, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    The REAL photograph that was copied was an original black and white photo by famous horse photographer Amanda Lockhart from the UK called ” Foal’s ears at the National Stud, Newmarket”. You can google her name and “horse” to see the image. Unfortunately I can’t provide a direct link because Google now caches her images with her entire site. You can find the same image in her book “The Art Of The Race”, I happen to have it on my coffee table. You can also check out her youtube called “How To Photograph Your Horse”, she discusses this same image in her video. I assure you, her image came first, and is also well known if not world famous, as she is. You will also find that many images at Etsy are copies of her photography. It is one thing to be inspired by a photographer’s work, and quite another to simply copy the exact image. If we had tighter restrictions on copyright, this sort of thing would not be so rampant. I live in the UK, and the same thing goes on here, as it does in the US and everywhere else. It’s a matter of complete disrespect for the original artist, motivated by greed.

  53. monikabajorphotography February 4, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    it is so terrible of Irene to say out loud that someone is copying her! Did she invent nature? Does she ha patent for bokeh, tilt-shift or dreamy style of editing? Quite arrogant!! I do remember reading her interview here she said she took inspiration from other photographers! So her style isn’t hers after all. wrrr I’ve been using this style as well and somehow I’m an not “inspired” by her!

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