Diana only has about 3,600 Instagram followers — and has since deleted all her posts and made her account private — but Bullen provided side-by-side screengrabs of several of the most egregious copies. It quickly becomes apparent that this is the Single White Female remake for the Instagram era.Isn't the point of travel writing and photography to persuade the reader to travel to the same places and see these sights for yourself? Travelers often stand in front of the same beautiful views and take very similar photographs. It seems as though Bullen's gripe is that her persuasion through photographs has been very effective.
Not only are the outfits similar, but Diana has also taken the time and spent the money required fly all over the world — from the Greek islands to the Sahara Desert — to troll her more famous counterpart, which is some real dedication to her cause, whatever that cause may be....
Bullen wrote that she and Diana had been in contact, explaining, “I believe her word, she is NOT a stalker and this labelling needs to stop, so does the hate messages.” Bullen also claimed that she did not create this story as a publicity stunt and said that Diana was “copying and stealing someone’s art to a ridiculously creepy level.”Well, it sure works as a publicity stunt. Thanks for putting that idea in my head. And I would not otherwise have noticed Bullen's website, but it sure is pretty.
I'm not buying the stalking/trolling argument. At some point, you might have copyright infringement, but I'm not opining on where that point is except to say that the travel industry would be screwed if the first person to frame a shot of a scenic place could bar everyone else from taking the same shot.