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Thursday, 13 May 2004


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2055 - One faire photographer thinks of retiring

I've shot a few thousand images at faires here and there over the past couple of years with my trusty Olympus E-10. I'm seriously considering giving it up, though.

It seems that a couple of idiot photographers have managed to piss off many of the hardcore faire community - specifically, the female contingent - by posting pictures of women in period clothing to a porn/fetish site. In particular, they took advantage of the fact that, for many faire women, "period clothing" includes tightly laced bodices designed to maximize the cleavage.

The backlash to this act of exploitation looks like it's going to catch me square in the viewfinder: the women who have been discussing this on the web boards are saying that they'll never trust anyone with a camera again. My E-10 is blindingly obvious as a camera (it's the previous version of the Olympus E-20N, and looks the same), and I expect instant hostility walking around faire grounds with it.

It's not worth it. At least for the first couple of faires this year, the camera stays home.

current mood: [mood icon] sad

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From:be4u
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It's very sad

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that a few inconsiderate assholes ruin what SHOULD be an enjoyable experience for all. I have many photos from my "faire years", which are slightly of a "baudy nature", so I never posted them on my website out of consideration for the man who was my bf for 2.5 years. I didn't think he'd appreciate having that side of me seen online.

And still they were fun times. It's a shame it's all come to this. Oh course you need to do what you'll be comfortable with, but I never had a problem with having my pics taken IF I was ASKED. Of course after this latest BS, I understand the views of those involved.

The whole thing just sucks, plain and simple.
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From:bunster
Date: - 0000
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I hope no one takes this the wrong way, I have the kindest intentions... Have you and Darla ever thought about hooking up? Granted there is an ocean between you but perhaps one of you might be willing to relocate.

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From:irpooh
Date: - 0000
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Jay, I for one appreciate all the photos you have provided us over the years... IF it weren't for you and a couple of other people - we would have no pictures of ourselves performing at faire - being a two person act and all... Soooo many thanks for the photos you've taken and I hope this whole situation is like gas and will pass...
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From:frostyw
Date: - 0000
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This smacks of the same discomfort people feel when others have cameraphones around them. In the case of camera phones it's even more discreet, and that bothers people even more. Apparently there are instances where lecherous people have used them to look up womens' skirts. However, at least in this case people have recognized the social good they can also do; they've been used to capture photos of abductors, flashers, thieves, etc.
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From:be4u
Date: - 0000

Yeah...

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Let's face it, *anything* that has a good and legitimate use can also be used to harass people (phones, email, LJ's, etc).
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From:lifeofreilly
Date: - 0000

yeah...

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Yeah. That would be Bob.

I knew Bob. He is skeevy. He's been taking pictures at faire for at least 9 years.

I even worked with him for a bit at a booth back in the Before time, the Olden Days...

Well- I'm glad I have a nice, small, non-professional yet decent enough digital camera.

To sum up my feelings.. "What a fucker..."
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From:lysystratae
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Oh, please... I'm flattered as all hell if someone wants my pic, and I'd also be flattered if it was popular on a porn site... ok, I'm weird, but still...

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