CHAT THREAD for the weekend competition 21st/22nd November 2009 - STREET LIFE
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20-11-09, 01:37 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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I will see what I can do too
Though it is not quite straight forward as you may think, with Privacy Laws in France.
Going to need some inspiration to spring up this weekend
The rules are quite straightfoward. You can take pictures of anyone or anything not considered sensitive from a public place, such as a highway. You cannot publish images of 'identifiable' individuals without their permission with two very big exceptions that you can drive a horse and cart through - these are public interest and reportage. 'Art' definitely comes under reportage.
Think about it; if these exceptions did not exist there would be no French newspapers, magazines or current affairs on TV. Yet all of them thrive.
I sometimes ask, but usually don't because asking makes people ham up. Although hardly anyone doesn't want their picture taken, they see it as a form of flattery.
'Occupez vous de vos onions' works quite nicely when challenged, I find. Usually I must admit, prefaced by c'est un endroit publique et mes images sont mes affaires. I suppose it helps that I am 6'2" and foreign. You can always revert to je ne comprends pas.
Check out my 'people' stream over on
, well over half of them street shots, this one being my favourite:
So take a deep breath and go for it.
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