Root-over-rock Trident maple by Wolfgang Putz. The photo is from Bonsai Master on facebook as are all three photos in this post. Here are a couple earlier posts on Wolfgang’s bonsai (from May, 2009 and from August 2012).
All three of these photos are from someone called Bonsai Master (facebook). When I saw them, I was struck by three things:
1. All three are excellent bonsai.
2. The quality of the photos is also excellent. It make a big difference when people go to the trouble to take a good shot. Facebook (but not just facebook) is overflowing with poorly photographed trees.
3. Bonsai Master went to the trouble to attribute all three to their rightful owners (they’re pretty good about this, but they let some slip). If you’ve been following Bark, you may have noticed that this is a reoccurring theme. Many people don’t go to the trouble to attribute bonsai to the artist (or owner). Mostly, I think this is simply laziness. In some cases I wonder if there’s not a little vanity too (if you read the comments, it’s clear that people sometimes think the person who posted is the owner).
Attribution is important. Unless you can’t find the information, you wouldn’t show a painting without mentioning the painter, nor a poem without the poet.
While we’re at it, we might as well brag just a bit and mention links. You might notice that we always try to link to the source (often we provide other relevant links as well ). We know we might lose you this way (at least for a while) but we also know that many of you appreciate this practice and in the name of promoting bonsai art and free flowing information, why not?