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Inspiration. What is inspiration, from where is coming and how to discover your own style and not end plagiarizing other’ style? I have seen lately, a lot of things going on around internet, some are really deep insight into what some of us really are, some are just bland and comfortable takes of in vogues trends. But not least, there are also those who are changing their style each time someone’s launching a new idea. I never really understood, this sick need of having what other’s have, ranging from ideas to material things. How can you speak about yourself, when you are continuously borrowing ideas which don’t belong to you. I think, that no reward can be felt if something is not really coming from deep inside us. What’s your joy, gratefulness if you can not really understand yourself, and come up with something that really represents you? Why do you really need to redo other’s work, just because it happened that you like it? Why you are not going really down the road into the search of something worth living, some worth to be remembered after you? Is so much more comfortable to take ideas which have been already polished, translated into something very visual and to pretend that are yours?

Inspiration and personal style are difficult to understand when it comes to what it needs to be done to bring something new into the picture. But, if you can not be true to yourself, this will make you sooner or later, unhappier at some stage of your life. I’m fighting to understand this feeling and this concept, and to balance it into my right and wrong principles. Is not easy, is not like you will put this jar of jam on this shelf and the other type of jam on some separate shelf. A very special paragraph found in Mark Twain’s letter struck me out (Mark Twain to Helen Keller, St. Patrick’s Day, 1903) :

Oh, dear me, how unspeakably funny and owlishly idiotic and grotesque was that ‘plagiarism’ farce! As if there was much of anything in any human utterance, oral or written, except plagiarism! The kernel, the soul — let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances — is plagiarism. For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily use by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them; whereas there is not a rag of originality about them anywhere except the little discoloration they get from his mental and moral calibre and his temperament, and which is revealed in characteristics of phrasing. When a great orator makes a great speech you are listening to ten centuries and ten thousand men — but we call it his speech, and really some exceedingly small portion of it is his. But not enough to signify. It is merely a Waterloo. It is Wellington’s battle, in some degree, and we call it his; but there are others that contributed. It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a telephone or any other important thing — and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite — that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.

Of course, this point of view it’s extremely interesting to me. On one hand, we all know that all our ideas are somehow second-hand, since at some point, all our inspiration is drawn from some outside source, like nature or anything surrounding us. However, it all goes down to a single point :  how we are making connection with images of things and how we are able to translate this into something easy to digest for the people around us. Either if we are speaking about a painting, a photograph, an essay – all depends on our creativity, knowledge and skills to connect and present things differently. On another plan, this involves time, soul, intimate thoughts about a specific point of view and the violation of this space is what I would call it plagiarism (in a form or another). The fact that not all of us have the capacity to translate anything that is visible in nature, for instance, makes those capable of writing a nice story or taking a nice photograph, to be called they have a talent. The talent can not be stolen, and the intuition of combining things we see, we like, we feel, we understand, we know is not possessed by everyone and it shouldn’t be.



Comments ( 8 )

  • Ana Maria Ciolacu says:

    I totally agree with you. Plagiarism is stealing of the worst kind, and unfortunately those who do so, immediately try to forget it and fool themselves that that idea belonged to them. It is possible that people ignore reality, and convince themselves of something, just because they want it fervently, and that’s a demonstrated fact.
    But what i just can’t get is how they manage to overcome their guilty consciences, because i suppose (or at least i hope) that at some point of their lives they will remember this… I just feel pity for them.
    Meanwhile, don’t get discouraged, and continue to create and bring to life all the beautiful things you have inside. Honest people will know how to make the difference between original and copy.
    Keep up the good work !

    PS: Looove those photos ! <3

  • Oana says:

    Citind articolul tau m-am gandit ca se potriveste si acest citat al lui N.Iorga :”Talentul e pentru unii un spirit bun care locuieste in ei, pentru altii un zeu crud care-i viziteaza, devastand sufletul prin care trece”… tu ai spiritul bun, lucrurile frumoase, sincere si munca pretioasa pe care le impartasesti noua fac diferenta.

    • Gabriela says:

      Oana, ce mesaj cald mi-ai transmit! Mi s-a umplut sufletul de bucurie! Cateodata stau si ma opresc si ma intreb daca mai exista oameni care sa inteleaga gandurile astea, care sa aprecieze valorea si talentul, si daca sunt, cati de fapt au mai ramas…Sper sa fim cati mai multi! Ma bucur ca esti alaturi de mine! xoxo

  • Rox says:

    I think plagiarism is mainly a lack of respect – lack of respect for the creator and their work, lack of respect for the readers and lack of self respect. They don’t trust themselves to create something good and aren’t willing to work for it, but they want to be popular.

    These days many value things by the number of likes, followers and repins they get, and the ideas, work and inspiration of the creator are for them just a small detail that they don’t really think about. All pictures are equal to them and the ones who follow trends for the sake of being popular (and many times for getting money out of that popularity) will copy anything for the sake of a few more page views.
    And I think this is the main difference – the true creators make things because that’s what they feel they should be doing and their happiness comes from the act of creation and discovery and from the response they receive from people who understand and honestly appreciate their work. The ones who copy will always end up being disappointed because what they do depends on what they think others want to see.

    I couldn’t find any online references, but I remember that Nichita Stanescu once said that no one will understand an idea as its creator does. Anyone can copy, but without everything that led to that final creation, they won’t be able to evolve and do new things that everyone could enjoy.

    • Gabriela says:

      I totally agree with you. Today matters the popularity and the things done clumsy and grossly, with no respect to value, to dignity, ideas, work…And most of the time the ones who plagiarize the work of others tent to be popular than the real artist, just because they stole an idea and defile with it. Their auditorium is poor in knowledge, culture and education. Their auditorium is narrow minded, pretty similar with the one that often plagiarize. To justify their acts they often think and spread the idea, that plagiarism is only inspiration and there’s nothing wrong with inspiration. However, inspiration is far away from being plagiarism if you can see and understand the difference between them. Rich are with spirit the people who can still believe in work, ideas, value, real creation, talent…

  • Thomas says:

    Instead of commenting on plagiarism, I will actually comment on the featured dish. First, absolutely fantastic photo’s, not sure who does the work, but props big time. Secondly, the dish itself is wonderful. I love when someone takes the time to highlight the natural flavors food instead of trying to highlight this or that with a multitude of subtle flavors, complex, over-priced ingredients, and too complicated culinary techniques for an uneducated consumer. Coming from the southern united states, I love keeping things simple in the kitchen.

    • Gabriela says:

      Hi Thomas! First of all, thank you for your comment. I’m taking all photos for this blog, including styling and props, so I’m thrilled you liked them. I love eating fish, but my time after coming from work it’s very limited, so I love to keep the things simple in the kitchen, as much as I can. The flavors from this recipes are indeed fresh and light, but still with a lot of flavor going around there. I’m glad you appreciate this. Hope to see you again here.

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