So you take a picture. Then you think you own it now. You put your name on it, publish it online and threat everybody not to use it. Just watch it.
What would happend if the people you photographed, did as you do and asked you money (their image, it’s theirs, right)? And what if the owners of the streets, buildings, objects or animals did the same? What if Earth did the same for the mountains, rivers and seas you photograph all the time?
So why you get all that for free and then put your name on it and sell it as yours? Is it because YOU have made it? Maybe there’s something special about you that knew how to take that shot. The right time, right light, right composition, right lens to use. Those are decision that YOU made.
Do you think you were born with all that knowledge? We can agree that you had to learn all those rules. It took time to do that. Maybe you took a course or bought a book but most of the knowledge you got it for free: Photography websites, forums, a friend that gives you a tip, your own experience etc.
You also were inspired by great photographers. Their work now influences your own. It’s in your head now, even if you think you are not copying anyone, you do it subconsciously. But it’s not a sin. They too have been influenced by other photographers or artists before them.
There is also another factor that halps to take a good shot, that you get for free. That is your culture. The place you live, the people around you, your parents, your life struggles, love, art etc. If you lived in a cave all your life, you wouldn’t be able to take meaningful photographs.
And before culture influences there is something we all have that we don’t even need to learn it. It’s in our DNA, our brain. We all have a sense for beauty, symmetry etc; We all love landcapes, sunsets, flowers and (nonthreatening)animals. It is how our brain helps us to survive. That’s also helpful and you don’t pay a tax for that.
We didn’t use to be so attached to stuff, like we do today. The concept of private property it’s a nice trick to divide us. If we shared what we produced with each-other, then we wouldn’t need to buy everything. We wouldn’t need to work so hard. It’s easier to cooperate, than to fight. I think sooner or later we’ll realize it and we’ll laugh thinking about the time we use to spend protecting OUR stuff.