Info for Non-Crew
(aka photos for personal use of me and my friends)
It can be tempting at Burning Seed to be snap happy with your camera or phone – after all, how are people going to know what a great time you had unless you photograph it? While our core media crew are held to rigorous signed agreements, here are your responsibilities when it comes to taking pictures.
You will need to ask for explicit permission whenever you are taking pictures of others. This means that anybody in your lens’ field of vision needs to enthusiastically agree to having their photo taken – all the time, every time. If you only wish to share your pictures from your phone with your friends and family, then that’s fine. If however, you want to upload those pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, your blog or any other social media platform, you will need to communicate that intent with those in the photo. This is not like the default world where you upload whatever you like.
Your request will need to sound something like this: “Hey, is everybody okay with me taking a picture right now and maybe putting this on Facebook?” This gives people the chance to opt out, say no or add conditions (like no tags etc.) which you will need to honour.
This stuff is important. Lots of people come to Seed to shake off the digital world and to express themselves in ways that may look different to those on the outside. Many people are gifting their vulnerability and trust and while they may choose to share those moments with you and the people around you, they aren’t necessarily agreeing to share that with you Instagram followers or Facebook friends. Peoples right to exist outside of the digital space is more important than anybody else’s need to take a photograph. Loads of people DO NOT CONSENT to having their photo taken during a Burn. Everybody has the right to be in the moment and to move through their experiences without feeling like they’re being tracked by paps.
Whether you’re a newcomer or not, you might not know what is acceptable until you ask. By asking, you’ll eliminate confusion and foster a tighter, safer community where people know their boundaries are protected and respected. In a world where people are pushing the envelope of their own self-expression, such freedom is only assured by knowing you are safe to do so.
Remember: photographs might seem like a good idea at the time but radical self-expression can look quite different out of its natural habitat and splashed all round Facebook for employers, family members and others to see.
You must not photograph any child without the explicit permission of their parent or guardian. No exceptions.
If you are just sharing your photos with friends and families, then here ends our little chat. But if you’re taking images for greater public distribution including digital media, websites, galleries, exhibitions, YouTube or others, you’ll fall under the professional category and you will need a media pass to be able to do so. See the info on the left.