Most photographers have experienced some kind of image theft, or had someone take a little too much inspiration from their work, and just straight up replicate their photo. But in a case I recently discovered through an article on Retouchist, travel photographers Jack Morris and Lauren Bullen have fallen victim to a copycat. The difference being that their apparent number one fan actually travels the globe in order to mimic their images.
With a combined two million followers, the duo have undoubtedly attracted some hard core fans, and it’d be fair to say they’ve likely inspired a few people to go travelling.
Check out how this story unfolded below, in this series of pictures courtesy of the pair’s Instagram stories, where they shared screenshots of the original photo alongside the replica. Note the finer details - not only is the composition of both images almost identical, but often the subject is sporting the same outfit, or is surrounded by almost the exact same props. There’s flattery, and then there’s a psychopathic level of dedication to ripping off someone else’s art. This project must be costing the copycat a small fortune – and for what?!
Bet you feel a little better about someone trying to rip your photo off that one time, huh?