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Ethics of photographing the homeless

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by mafoofan, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    i'm not particularly mocking you.

    and yes.. you should ask them. if they give you permission, how is it exploitation? it's not like you're using these pictures a la scott douchebag schuman.
     
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  2. Master Milano

    Master Milano Senior member

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    is this what they call humble brag?
     
  3. acidboy

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    a few people out there still take the camera-steals-the-soul bit seriously.
     
  4. lasbar

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    American-Indians and other tribes used to..
     
  5. MyOtherLife

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    In my early twenties I went on a summer day excursion of photographing homeless people with a few friends. This was in the early 1980's. I approached each one, asked permission and if it was granted I snapped their photo. I then offered each one a crisp $10 bill if they would tell me their story in 5 minutes or less. After only 4 homeless people I could go on no further as I was too overwhelmed by their tragic stories. Not one of them wanted to be on the street. God bless and help them all. It is a day I will never forget.

    A year later the same group did an outing in a cemetary. Black & White film only. We were nervous exploring the theme of death and did silly poses beside, on or under some monuments and photographed. I will tell you that photographing the homeless was a very sad day, but photographing in the cemetary had the most deeply disturbing after-effect on me. I really felt that I had meddled with something; some force that should never be meddled with. After looking through my developed photos I was a nervous wreck and the next weekend i returned to that cemetary, went to each stone and monument I had photographed, knelt and apologised to their spirits and begged forgiveness. I am serious, I actually wept while I apologised. Then I destroyed the photos and negatives.

    Sorry this post was so heavy but that is what happened and how I felt about it.
     
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  6. curzon

    curzon Senior member

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    The Dyaks were the only ones who gave me any pause.
     
  7. lasbar

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    You're lucky you didn't end up with a massive headache..
     
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  8. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had a pretty normal conversation with a guy for about 20 minutes before I knew he was homeless. He asked me for some change after a long while. I only had $20's. He made out good that day.
     
  9. Fang66

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    I think I'd charge more than a dollar a minute to talk to you.
     
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  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Grr!
     
  11. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    [​IMG]
     
  12. patrickBOOTH

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    The left one has more veins than my cock..
     
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  14. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    Those aren't veins, you need to study anatomy a little bit, it just means the left foot is tense/in movement. It's actually a screen cap from a Miranda July (she's a contemporary artist) movie where she moves both feet near then far from each other symbolizing the shifting nature of attraction/repulsion between her character and someone else, I just wanted to tease Mordecai by posting something from a well known artist who filmed/photographied her feet.
     
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  15. Fang66

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    So very few veins right?
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We aren't all equally blessed.
     
  17. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In that case, isn't it sort of banal to label them "You" and "Me"? I often find the use of words in visual art an off-putting cop-out.
     
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  18. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    You'd hate Miranda July, I'm not a super-fan myself to be honest...
     
  19. mordecai

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    I was in the LA production of THINGS WE DON’T UNDERSTAND AND DEFINITELY ARE NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT :p

    She is smaller than Calista Flockhart.
     
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  20. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    haha, fun trivia. Her films are good, I just can't abide with all her writing on things stuff, it's art you post on facebook. This forum being what it is I thought a joke about her would pretty much be an inside, which I guess it is...
     

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