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Oct. 8th, 2001 | 02:09 am

Ack! So much to do...

So today I went to an anti-war rally here in pasadena, only to discover that it turned into a protest (Since the US started bombing Afghanistan.)

Though I turned my tech fetish into something useful by going with my digital camera and taking bunches of pictures. The gallery is available at http://www.ghic.org/~diane/pics/20011007_rally. Though pretty much the only thing I did to the images is resize them to 800x600. So the crummy out of focus images are still in the gallery.

Hmm... I don't have releases from any of the people whose pictures I took. Is that a bad thing? Also I haven't gone through and deleted the bad pictures. (For instance those that weren't in focus).

The side effect of this is I've got a long back-log of comments to respond to and still haven't had a chance yet. But hopefully I'll get a chance tomorrow.

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:07 am (UTC)
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Thumbnails didn't work for me.

I don't think you need press releases if you're doing "photojournalism", but you'll wanna check on that.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:13 am (UTC)
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In what way did they not work for you?

I tried a few moments ago and they showed up... though they might be too small to be terribly useful.

Well, thinking about it further the guy from the pasadena star news was taking pictures and didn't seem to be going to people and asking them for permission.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 11:08 am (UTC)
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Hmm... it sounds like as long as the product is only the picture, or the picture is part of the product it's non-commercial. If the picture is being used to sell something (other than itself) it's commercial.

The reason I was thinking about it was I saw a page on indymedia about preparing your own video segment. And apparently for interviewing people you should have a model release.

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Diane Trout

thanks

from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, that site looks useful...

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 09:22 am (UTC)
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those are very cool! i'm going to the protest here today.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 11:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks :)

We're having a candlight vigil here at Caltech tonight. Hopefully people will be moving slowly enough that I can get some decent pictures of it as well.

Good luck with your protest as well. (Wherever it might be...)

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from: redtangent
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 11:05 am (UTC)
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"Hmm... I don't have releases from any of the people whose pictures I took. Is that a bad thing? Also I haven't gone through and deleted the bad pictures. (For instance those that weren't in focus)."

I went to a large anti-war demonstration last Sunday with soulsong outside the Labour Party conference in Brighton, here in the UK. There seemed a phenonemal number of Police taking pictures of the protestors and they certainly didn't ask for permission. There's some photos of them here.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 11:18 am (UTC)
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Just because the police can get away with it necdoesn't necessearily mean that I could. As far as I can tell police can regularly break "minor" laws and not enforce the laws on themselves.

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from: redtangent
date: Oct. 8th, 2001 11:59 am (UTC)
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Yes, I appreciate your point, but I'm not sure I made mine well enough.

What I was trying to show was the contrast between the motives of yourself and the British police. Not the legality.


Those kind of pictures the police took are often used in this country to track and identify 'subversives'. (I can't say that is true in this case, but I'd be surprised if they didn't for that protest). In this country that can mean moderate, peaceful groups such as CND or trade unions as well as extremists and terrorist groups.

Our current Home Secretary (who ironically enough is now responsible for part of the British Secret Service) was monitored and had a file to himself in the 1960's as a student activist.


To me the idea of gaining permission for publishing a photo (for personal gain or otherwise) taken in a public place is quite alien. I'm not sure that would be illegal at all in this country.

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