Bob Buckel’s column (Messenger, Saturday, Nov. 24) about public photography, especially among youth, is right on with my thinking. As one who enjoys the “art” of taking photographs, I have sensed the real attitude of our society about people thinking their photograph should not be taken or appear in any public venue. It is a sad condition that our society has fallen into that general position.
In my growing-up days and in most of my adult life, just about all the photograph publicity you could attract was good! We all cherished the rare opportunity to appear in anyone’s newspaper or magazine, even when it wasn’t our best pose.
There seems to be another element affecting people being willing to be photographed. If the picture does not look like they are a candidate to be a model, their self-esteem is reluctant to let any public venue see them as they are (even though everybody does see them as they are and usually still likes them).
I enjoy the “art” of studies on the faces of people. Many of my amateur photographs are people studies, and the characteristics that can be exhibited are just wonderful aspects of what is in God’s creation among people. I like that. It is evident in many of the photographs I take and post on Facebook. My account has almost 11,000 pictures in it, among 214 albums, many of them focused upon particular community and political events that have crossed my path.
It is my hope and expectation that the freedom to photograph people in public circumstances ultimately will not be muted by a well-intended society that may invite legislation to limit severely what photographers can do, just because some weird people do bad things to children. The ever-protective government does what it believes is good at the cost of more and more freedoms.