[Linux-aus] Designated Photography Space at LCA?

Russell Coker russell at coker.com.au
Sun Feb 20 17:55:37 EST 2011

On Sun, 20 Feb 2011, "Greg 'groggy' Lehey" <grog at lemis.com> wrote:
> On Sunday, 20 February 2011 at 12:08:39 +1000, Don Knowles wrote:
> > In view of the heat in the discussion, why not plan a designated
> > space or place set aside for those who wish to photograph people at
> > the conference, and those who don't mind being photographed.
> What a horrible idea.  I'm sure you mean well, but this is really
> going over the top.

I agree that having designated areas in the overall conference area seems like 
a dubious idea.  But having designated areas within each lecture hall for 
people who don't want to be in the background could be an option - although 
people who don't want to be photographed can probably look at the camera 
locations and work this out for themselves under the previous environment.

> > That gives reluctant photographees the opportunity to move away and
> > not be included, and photographers need only ask if someone appears
> > to be "backing into" the designated space unconsciously. After all,
> > the back half of most people will only spoil a photo :-)
> I prefer to take unposed photos.  I can accept that some people don't
> want photos taken of them, and I wouldn't oppose an area where you
> *can't* take photos, though I think it's a little silly.  If people
> don't want to have photos taken of them, then maybe they shouldn't be
> appearing in public.

Under Australian law I believe that is the case, but it doesn't seem 
reasonable to claim that the standards for a conference should be the bare 
minimum required by law.  Every corporation has standards that are a lot more 
stringent than required by law.

> This seems to be a particularly liberal interpretation of the term
> "harassment".  I'm having a hard time with the issue in the first
> place.  I'm certainly not in favour of harassment, but as I wrote a
> few weeks ago (http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2011.php), there are
> laws against it.  There are also laws relating to what photographers
> may and may not do.  Conference organizers should help enforce them.
> The conference web site should make this clear.  But that's really
> all.  In this particular instance I'd be inclined to say "the
> conference is a public place, and laws regarding photography in public
> places must be respected".  No more.


I've discussed such things with some feminists and their experience seems very 
different.  I've written my analysis of the discussion of the LCA incident at 
the above URL.

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