Just read a really great article/blog post by Cory at Ganymede Kids on intellectual property and blogging. The post is based around the recent outrage about the retail giant Zara selling T-shirts with an illustration which was a copy of one of Betty's (Le Blog de Betty) photographs. I strongly recommend reading it!!!
Cory's post made me think about a couple of things (which are not necessarily relevant to Cory's post)... Photography is an interesting beast.. especially when it comes to candid and street photography. On the one hand, photography is an art and often the only way to capture a great moment is to take a candid photo. On the other hand, that sort of photography is only art until you find a candid photo of yourself on someone else's blog. At which point you realise how vulnerable you really are to a camera lense.
I take candid photos and I love them, but I often think about how I would feel if I was the subject of a photograph and I didnt even know about it. I remember stumbling on a website of a certain photographer who takes street photographs of everyday people on the streets.... except the streets happen to be in the same area where I work... All of a sudden the photographs stop being exotic (one of the reasons i love blogs is that you get to see places and everyday lives of people in other countries.. countries you have never even been to).. and become slightly weird.
I have worked at the same place for over 3 years now, so on his photos I saw not only photos of places and streets that I have seen every single day for the last 3 years but also people that you see on your way to work every morning.. and it was kind of strange! May be it's just me and I am weird... but it felt strange and voyeuristic. One of his photos captured a guy and a girl having an argument on their lunch break. The girl was crying... may be they were breaking up.. may be it just a tiff.. but in any case I thought to myself that I would absolutely HATE to be caught on camera at such a vulnerable moment and then circulated on the internet via Youtube and Blogger!
I asked my photography teacher about what he thought of this and he said that in Australia we do not have a right to privacy in a public place and that to him from a photographer's point of view it didnt seem weird at all.
This is also one of the reasons why I almost never post photos of young children on my blog... You see a lot of cute children wearing something cool or being funny and you just want to catch the moment on camera.. I dont have children (yet) but somehow I dont think I would enjoy coming across a photo of my child on a random internet page..
I mean... if I take a photo of someone (especially when it is a portrait or a candid) I often feel like I owe it to that person to make sure that a photo of them does not end up on some dodgy website.. But one can never know...
Just a couple of weeks ago Sarah from Mocha Soy Whippy found her personal photos on a number of dodgy tumblr blogs.. and understandably she was not happy!! Lucky for her tumblr promptly fixed the problem by removing the photos...
I mean I may be taking it all too seriously...but still... What do you guys think???