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TheHandsomeDan

Photography Is Not a Crime

I'm both confused and concerned by the responses here. It seems that people are easily confused between the difference of photographing someone, and interacting with them. Especially when a photographer is clearly SUPPOSED to be at an event. Would I ever suggest interacting with a stranger's children? Absolutely not. This isn't interaction, she didn't describe talking to the kids, asking them to do anything, or anything of the sort. Reality dictates (whether you like it or not) that you'll be on camera numerous times a day if out in public -whether aware of it or not. The fact of the matter is that pictures, in themselves, are harmless... so long as the content is not morally taboo. An individual may interpret a photo however they will, but we as a society should not try to censor based on what we as individuals feel may be somehow perceived by an imagined potential pervert with their own twisted fantasies. If we're going to start censoring photo subject matter based on what some perv may potentially use as a basis of fantasy to get off with; then we'll have to stop using photos altogether. And writing as well. Let's face it, there are some messed up people out there, and any variety of them can see something deviant and distasteful in nearly anything. I understand the need to protect our children, and as someone with offspring, I get that. *BUT* we have to live within reality, and accept that we cannot control the rest of the world. If you think your perceived notion of a child's non-physical, non-mental safety comes before the law, you are SORELY mistaken. Preventing an innocent public photo from being taken has no bearing on that child's safety, you aren't protecting them. A 2" photo of your child at the park in a local newspaper article about an event opening isn't going to bring the child to harm. Your child is not going to reach any kind of stalker-worthy celebrity status as a result of this. And quite frankly, the odds of someone remembering your child's image for more than ten seconds after seeing such a photo are slim to none; particularly considering how many images and how much visual media is thrown at us each and every day. As I write this response, I already can't remember what color clothing is being worn by the children at the top of this page, much less what they look like. Law enforcement officials will tell you that most cases of child abduction\molestation\etc come from family members, not strangers professional photography equipment and a press pass, who aren't actually communicating or interacting with your children. Live within reason, understand that EACH AND EVERY time you take your child out into public, your child can be freely seen and observed by anyone. And there's nothing you can do to stop that. Understand that in order to keep your children protected, you ultimately need to arm yourself with accurate knowledge, and realistic priorities.
— June 11, 2011 9:13 p.m.

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