Photographer claims Gorillaz ripped off his idea for their music video

Aug 4, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer claims Gorillaz ripped off his idea for their music video

Aug 4, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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On 31 May, Gorillaz published a video for their song “Humility.” But photographer Jairo Melara discovered something in it. After watching the video, he realized that it contains a look and feel that is very similar to his photo shoot from two years earlier. A bit too similar.

Melara shoot for a Los Angeles-based company Fifth District. Back in 2016, he did a photo shoot at Venice Beach, with a model wearing roller skates, white stockings, green shorts and a white top. As a fan of Gorillaz, he saw the video for “Humility” when it was released. And it came as a shock to realize how similar the video was to his photo shoot. He even looked at the photos he had taken, just to make sure he’s not imagining. And indeed, the outfit is almost identical. Only the wheels on the skates are different.

Another similarity is that both the video and Melara’s photos were shot at Venice beach. Since his photos were geotagged on social media, Melara believes that this is how the team behind the Gorillaz video has found them.

After seeing the images and watching the video, I can’t deny that there are too many similarities, indeed. However, there’s the apparent difference as well: the model in Melara’s photos is a real person, while the character wearing the same outfit in the video is animated (as in all other Gorillaz videos). So even though the location and the outfit sure are similar, the medium is completely different. Still, I believe he should have been given credit for the idea if the video was inspired by his photos. Or maybe it was only a coincidence.

Here are the Gorillaz video and Melara’s photos, so you can see for yourself. What do you think? Should Melara have been given credit?

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12 responses to “Photographer claims Gorillaz ripped off his idea for their music video”

  1. Rafael A. P. Maduro Avatar
    Rafael A. P. Maduro

    This is the definition of inspirational, they saw the photos got inspired transform the medium and made something new of it. Now the photographer was also inspired by other era, other people style of living, dressing so iconic he took that concept transformed and made something about It, in his photos I don’t see credit as where he took the inspiration from.

    1. Albatro Decopi'no Avatar
      Albatro Decopi’no

      He got inspired and did not use the colors of the dress and socks from any reference image

      They Copied – Copied the dress color socks and even fucking poses

  2. Alexandre Pontes Avatar
    Alexandre Pontes

    Imagine if Steve McCurry goes on to claim that another Indian dresses up like some Indians on one picture that he took ages ago.

    1. Albatro Decopi'no Avatar
      Albatro Decopi’no

      oh look at this fucking cunt commenting on a bad photographer who cheats in his photos, talking about the dress and trends in fashion

  3. Alexandre Pontes Avatar
    Alexandre Pontes

    So you took a cultural movement from the 70’s (Roller Girls) and brought it to 2018 and claim it your idea
    and other people can’t do that has well?

    Here, I made it easier fro you Ms Jairo Melara.. (check images) You can now get all these people to court since they all are using the same cultural movement that ran wild in the 70’s, even in Porn.

    https://www.google.pt/search?newwindow=1&client=opera&biw=1880&bih=980&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=LqBlW_ufPI2-ac-5o4gM&q=roller+girl+70%27s&oq=roller+girl+70%27s&gs_l=img.3…0.0.0.29865.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1c..64.img..0.0.0….0.CWa35Dd2-xU

    1. Fabien Défaucheux Avatar
      Fabien Défaucheux

      Exactly ! the “original” photo was not original to start with

    2. Alexandre Pontes Avatar
      Alexandre Pontes

      Just Saying. Imagine if they, by coincidence, had green shorts.

      https://www.facebook.com/gregmirzoyan.photography/videos/10156360846089744/

  4. Adam Santino Avatar
    Adam Santino

    Pretty obvious it’s a parody.

  5. Benjamin Schmitz Avatar
    Benjamin Schmitz

    OMG the photographer stole this guys look first!

  6. Alecio P Avatar
    Alecio P

    OK, the photographer was luck enough to be on an article, so I think it is all good now

  7. Troublemann Avatar
    Troublemann

    Look like the young ladies at my local Sonic’s restaurant, they are in shorts and on skates.

  8. Kel Zhang Avatar
    Kel Zhang

    but the outfit is almost exactly the same