Thursday, August 21, 2014

Know Your Rights

Maybe it's because I was a journalist for many years, but I don't "get" people who are cowed by authority figures.  After all the police are public servants, who should be keeping the peace, not causing trouble by thinking that every altercation demands Orwellian-inspired riot gear.  The recent images coming out of Ferguson, MO have been frightening.

As photographers we CAN shoot photos of them - this is law!  But I do have to bite my lips in order not to mouth off to them.  This LINK is to the ACLU site which clearly explains our rights as image makers.

Thanks Cindy at who posted the link on the Professional Women Photographers email list serv.  I'm really surprised that I haven't been hassled taking photos of power poles, transformers and electrical arrays which I combine with other imagery in my ongoing Power Series.  You can see examples of the work here.  I started the series back in 2007 with an emotional moment seeing old factories and power installations on the train going from NYC to DC.

The Power of Contrails, shot up near Yarmouth ME.  I kind of like this one all by itself without combining it with other imagery.  What do you think?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Who Owns What

For photographers, copywright issues are big time.  For many stock agencies if you don't have a signed model release, you can't use the image unless the face is unrecognizable.  But what happens when your subject takes a selfie?  This recently happened to someone who was taking photos of monkeys.  NPR has the full story here.

However, I don't think there are any copywright issues with photogs like me who like to shoot graffiti.  So here's an image of some "public art" that I saw in New York earlier this year.

It might also be a mural.  Who knows?  Think I should put it up on the art sales site for sale?

We're busy in the studio now getting work ready for the Running with Scissors Fall Harvest show and do take a look at Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., in Portland ME where I have a sizable number of archival prints for sale. 

I'll be having an artist's reception there on August 27th from 5 to 8 pm to celebrate the fact that not only was I chosen as a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, but I was asked to exhibit the work at the 3rd Biennale of Documentary and Fine Art Photography in Malaga, Spain at the Municipal Museum beginning September 18th and running to November 20th.

I will be exhibiting the work that will show in Spain as well as some other new work.  The other work involves working in-camera phones with apps (or iPads), printing them on Japanese mulberry paper and then infusing them with encaustic wax.