a dangerous place called the internet and "the donald trump's fake cousin's defamatory obituary hoax", scott richard (2016)
it's been brought to my attention that my photography was stolen and used in inappropriate ways for political and business-related purposes.
and while i'm continually amazed at the uncoolness of the human people, it particularly bums me out when my recordings of this great and beautiful earth get used for manipulation.
i feel particularly sorry for every person who wanted the obituary to be true. you probably feel the most cheated.
john pat cooper, a santa barbaran, is not related in any way to donald trump. he was a very happy old man i met at 1000 steps one morning in 2006. he asked me to take his picture and i did.
it's almost like he knew he would be somehow a blessing to all.
his image has been viewed countless times around the world already and used in many ways. i hope the good usages far outweigh the bad!!
i hope we can all say that about our own lives and the way we share information with others.
for his real obituary: www.independent.com/obits/2008/nov/12/john-cooper/
he passed in 2008