Oh My! I’m Publishing Photos of (GASP!) People!

3 PM UPDATE: Always wanting to make certain that I am doing the right thing, I had a talk just now with two charming gendarmes from the local police department. They assured me that if I was a valid professional, had a press pass (and of course I do!), and was not trying to infringe on people’s privacy, I am certainly allowed to take photos at public events. They also suggested that I just slightly blur children’s faces in a crowd, but they assured me that I was acting quite responsibly and they had no issues with the types of photos I was taking. I had felt quite confident that I was acting ethically and it was good to have that confirmed!

After yesterday’s interesting little foray into EDITORIAL USE in photography, I’m back with more pictures of people taken in the context of a large PUBLIC EVENT. I can still barely believe that it’s even necessary to write that!

This morning I decided to do a little research above and beyond what I already knew.

Look what I found at the local news online — photos of identifiable people, face forward, including (wait while I gasp again) children. Like I said — NEWS coverage, whether print, online, or television, allows for picture taking at PUBLIC EVENTS such as festivals, parades, exhibits, weekend markets, and rather a lot of other circumstances where there are a lot of people present in one place.

Now, enough of that — let’s move on to the fun stuff…

At the Autrefois Le Courserons parade, these wonderful tall puppets came gliding by with no wibble-wobble whatsoever. And just look at how many people are lining the street on both sides to watch.

Giant puppets on parade at the Autrefois Le Couserons celebrations in St. Girons, Midi-Pyrenees, France

And then bzzzzzzzz — there go the beekeepers.

Beekeepers in the Autrefois Le Couserons parade in St. Girons, Midi-Pyrenees, France.

Look how much fun the sausage makers were having on their float!

A jolly time being had by the sausage makers in the Autrefois Le Couserons parade in St. Girons, Midi-Pyrenees, France.

Hope you continue to enjoy these little slices of life in the South of France because it is fun to share even if I do, to quote a fellow writer and world traveller, encounter the occasional ‘Nasty Nellie’ along the way.

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4 thoughts on “Oh My! I’m Publishing Photos of (GASP!) People!

  1. Onedot

    I’ve been shooting cameras in public for 45 years. I’ve been attacked only a couple times. Most people love it when they see themselves and their friends and families online. Yes, I shoot to avoid faces now unless I have permission and if I’m going to use any of the footage, other than big crowd shots, when shooting children I always get written permission from parents or guardians. Because any image publication is after the fact, there is no issue of stalking as in live streams.

    Sounds like the “lady” has fixated on you for other reasons. I was attacked because I was perceived as a threat, for reasons outside my doing or control. But I vigorously defended myself, no matter the cause.

  2. Deborah Harmes Post author

    I’ve apparently touched on a real ‘hot button’ for working journalists in the last two days of posts. I have had people adding me to their Twitter feed, sending me thumbs-up notes via Facebook (my pro account, not my private one), and I have gotten quite a few letters from other professional writers and/or photographers telling me their own tales of woe about people who try to dictate what you are allowed to do. My daily numbers of readers has had an interesting spike and I’ve had girlfriends who are travel writers and event coverage specialists write to me offering long distance support.

    The two gendarmes were as sweet as could be and I felt quite comfortable asking them a whole list of what I can and cannot do photography wise. The older one (all of about 39 years old at most) said that if I ever wanted photos of them, too — that I could do that. Interesting how gentle life is here because the police in places like Paris or Toulouse won’t let you do that because they’re afraid of being targeted. It was such a nice visit and it just gave me one more reason to love the place that we have settled. A helpful, kind, and courteous attitude is certainly nicer than stern rigidity.

    I’m glad that this website helps people to gain more confidence about what they can do with their careers — AND with their cameras!

  3. Kate

    Like a lot of folk,I love people watching and your pictures are fantastic although I did wonder (at first) as to why the guy in the crowd was wearing a giant sausage around his neck. Claytons favorite was a lady in one of your market photos. Shot from behind you caught her best angle.

  4. Deborah Harmes Post author

    So glad that you enjoy the photos, Kate and Clayton. I try to make them varied subject-wise and since you two are both working artists, I’m glad they meet with your approval. (grin!)

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