So, in case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been gushing over just about every thing to come out of LOVE issue six, including this amazing Mert and Marcus-lensed editorial, titled “What Lies Beneath.” The images of sparingly clothed models splayed about in a dark forest and creepy lake are haunting and romantic. We were pretty impressed with it until Fashionising pointed out its striking similarity to a series of photographs by Jeff Bark called “Woodpecker.”
We know photographers are inspired by other artists all the time, but these might be too similar to be referred to as “inspiration.” The lighting, setting, props, and even many of the poses are exactly the same. Both even feature swans. Is this a case of one photographer being inspired by or paying homage to another, or is it plagiarism?
Here are three more side-by-side comparisons (Mert & Marcus for LOVE on the right, Jeff Bark on the left).