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Sunday, 26 June 2011

The story continues ...


  1. Well, theye didn't delelte the comment AND left a reply:



    climb says:
    Thanks for your feedback Wolf,
    We ask for the rights so we can display the shortlisted entrants at the end of the competition and have the option to use some of the entries to help promote the competition again next year – we will of course credit all the photographers. If you were to ask last year’s entrants they would say we did not misuse the rights and there were no issues.
    This is an amateur competition and unfortunately not open to professionals and so won’t affect freelance income :)
  2. Hello Climb,
    thanks for your reply to my comments. I draw your attention to the relevant terms and conditions of the competition:
    Entrants will retain copyright for their photos. However, by submitting a photo to the competition entrants are granting a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence for their entries to be edited, published, reproduced and used by Fight for Sight and Park Plaza London hotels for any purpose, free of charge. They are also agreeing to their name, geographic location, photo and photo description being published in the My View of London online gallery and, if shortlisted, to be exhibited as part of the My View of London photo exhibition at the Park Plaza Victoria London. All prints of photos so exhibited will remain the property of Fight for Sight and Park Plaza London hotels.

    If you’re involved in this competition, your response isn’t an honest one. If you’d like to see terms and conditions of competitions that don’t steal other peoples’ creative rights – check out the Wildlife Photographer of the year competition the next time it’s on. Your current terms allow you and the hoteliers to use the images for any purpose. Are you telling me that the hoteliers will pass by opportunities to use these images for their own commercial and/or marketting purposes?
    The point of my objection is that competitions like these have a direct affect on the trade of photography as they harvest decent images from enthusiasts for no cost.
    If the competition was genuine with regards to its aims re the images – it would have stated that the images would only be used in conjunction with advertising the competition next year and that entrants would be compensated for any commercial usage.
    The fact that the competition is open to amateurs only is irrelevant. It still has a direct knock on effect on the livliehoods of photographers that are trying to earn an honest day’s pay.
    Competitions like these generate huge collections of images that form image banks for the companies involved. They need to be stopped. I have no problem with amateurs getting income from these competitions…but I have a huge problem with those that exploit the rights of creative people.
    If this competition is genuine, it needs to alter its Terms and Conditions.
    Wolf

    I forgot to add a very important point. In my view there is only one difference between a ‘professional’ and an ‘amateur’ photographer: ‘professionals’ rely on photography to earn an income.
    In terms of image quality, I have seen very high standards from amateurs and some very low standards from professionals.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Steak Tartare

Ever done anything daft while abroad and had that moment of clarity just before the act?

I did that the other day with steak tartare.  I thought I was ordering a steak with tartare sauce, with chips and a green salad.  The waiter turns up with a plate that had a lump of raw meat on it together with two side plates - one containing thin crisps and the other the green salad.

I've had to eat some things that I didn't like the look of before so I thought 'sod it' and tucked in.  Stephane - a photographer friend on the outskirts of Paris - would later tell me that the meat was raw.  I'm glad to say that two days of squitting through the eye of a needle have finally stopped.

Yesterday I photographed more of the touristy type of locations in Paris and then met up with Stephane.  He works for an NGO in Paris that raises awareness on the issues of AIDS.

Today there is a gay pride march in Paris, so I'm hoping to get some colourful, vibrant people shots there.

Later

Wolf

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Paris - initial thoughts ...

It has a certain charm to it.  Some of the architecture is beautiful and, culturally, Paris seems to be more integrated with other parts of the world at a more basic level than London.

If you're heading out this way, get a travel pass from the tourist information desk at the airport before you leave. It covers you for all your buses, trains and metro travels around the city - make sure you get the right zones covered. Stock up on water locally before you head out for the day. 23cents local or around 2 Euros in the street of Paris central.

I used www.homestaybooking.com to find a room with a family.  Basically you get a cheaper room than a hotel and local knowledge.

You'll get the usual hawkers around all of the sites of interest, particularly the Eiffel Tower.  Don't be afraid to ignore them and keep on walking.

A lot of the eating places have free WiFi, so you can catch up on messages while you eat.

Don't forget to pick up a travel map with your ticket.  If you've used the London underground, you'll be fine with the Metro.

Later

Wolf

Monday, 20 June 2011

Artists Bill of Rights for all Creative People...

I've complained about this issue over the years - so many organisations (including the BBC and National Geographic) exploit artisic work through competitions and then assume full rights.  It's their way of accumulating vast quaintities of written or image work (amongst others) without having to pay the creators anything.

So what are we doing about it?

Young people and those starting off in their creative careers need to know that by entering such competitions they're actually killing the industry that they're involved with.  Is there any point in getting your name known in your chosen profession if the act kills off your trade by the time your name is known?

If you have created something and someone wants it - get them to pay you for it - never give them it for free.

Now you can do more.  Got to http://artists-bill-of-rights.org/ and get involved in whatever way you can.  Get your friends, supporters and colleagues involved too.

All the best

Wolf

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Yet another competition killing photography as a profession ...

Terms & Conditions

My View of London photography competition  (http://www.myviewoflondon.org.uk/)

Entrants will retain copyright for their photos. However, by submitting a photo to the competition entrants are granting a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence for their entries to be edited, published, reproduced and used by Fight for Sight and Park Plaza London hotels for any purpose, free of charge. They are also agreeing to their name, geographic location, photo and photo description being published in the My View of London online gallery and, if shortlisted, to be exhibited as part of the My View of London photo exhibition at the Park Plaza Victoria London. All prints of photos so exhibited will remain the property of Fight for Sight and Park Plaza London hotels.

In plain english - this means that you're giving them your images for nothing so that they don't have to pay photographers for thier work.


Entrants warrant that they own the copyright for photographs submitted and that photographs are their original work. Submissions must not have been published elsewhere or submitted to any other photographic competition, including the 2010 My View of London competition. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that permission of the subject of their images has been sought and that the images do not infringe the rights of any third party. Entrants must not have breached any law when taking their photographs.
 
This bit is to protect the competition organisers from any legal fallout in case the image is stolen or breaches copyright in order to protect what is now their asset.
 
Support freelance photographers ... DO NOT take part in competitions like this and never give your images away for free.  Always read the small print.  These styles of competitions collate free images and build up image banks.  Think smart - say 'No!'

Please raise your objections and support freelance photographers - they're trying to earn a living too - comment on:  http://www.myviewoflondon.org.uk/2011/06/strong-support/comment-page-1/#comment-376


Thanks for reading this and hope you're going to help,  
Wolf

Friday, 10 June 2011

Lee Schmidt ...

I can't remember which year I first met Lee.  He was on his honeymoon with his Lady, WhiteEagle, in London.  I'd known WhiteEagle for a little time.  She was the teacher that gave me my soul name - SnowMoon Wolf.

Lee was this larger than life, gently spoken american guy.  I would describe him as worldly and curious (in a good way).  He wanted to know about the lives of others from themselves - good bad or indifferent - he loved people and loved sharing stories with them.

We met on a day when we had their host arrange a night out for them.  I was invited over and stayed with them.  Lee and WhiteEagle were both jet-lagged on that day and looked very tired.  Our host arranged for myself and her to get to a site to watch the proms and prepare the picnic.  Lee and WhiteEagle were to take a bus to meet us there.  I didn't like the thought of  2 jet-lagged americans negotiating a 2 bus journey in a dodgy part of London, so suggested that the ladies go by car and I'd escort Lee over by bus.  They agreed.

The ladies left and Lee kind of slumped down.  I asked him if he wanted to rest and take it easy ... we could leave when he was ready.  He appreciated it and we both went out to sit on the door step.  We rolled a couple of ciggies (I was a light smoker then) and we just sat and talked with each other. It was the first time that an adult male had listened to me in this way, without judgement and genuinely taking an interest in my journey.  I felt like a son sitting with a father ... but the experience being a borrowed one from films and TV because I never had any kind of connection with my birth father.

The next time that I met Lee was in New Mexico.  I'd been on a long photo trip and one of the stops was to meet them both again and to stop by for WhiteEagle's elderhood ceremony.  I was doing my best to help one of the participants to make a shelter for WhiteEagle on the Ceremony site and the structure wasn't as stable as I'd envisioned it would be. 



I was about to suggest pulling it down and starting again when Lee strolled over and looked at it and 'suggested' leaving it in place and just adding some stakes as stabilisers.  That was his way - he'd suggest in a very calm way ...he'd take you along and involve you ... allowing you to learn too.



Along the way, I'd had many chances to sit in 'sweat lodges' with people from other tribes, including the Lakota - with whom there was a particularly strong connection.  I'd never accepted the offer though - and I didn't know why.  There was a sweat lodge at this Ceremony and the males all went into the lodge together; into the womb of the Earth Mother, the silence and darkness complete.  Then the drums started beating and the elders led us in the songs that we had come to know through sharing time.  Lee and I held hands ... and it felt like I was sitting with a father.  In the old days it would have been so .. a father taking a son to his first sweat lodge.  I think that this was Lee's first as well.  There was such a connection with all the guys - we all held hands in the dark circle as the elder led the sweat and more and more of the heated stone people were brought into the lodge; water was poured onto the stones creating more heat and steam.  The songs bonded us and raised our spirits ... our different tones melding the same as a pack of wolves to send forth a melody to the Universe.

After the sweat was complete we had to leave the lodge, say our soul name for all to hear and to say something of meaning.  I remember leaving the lodge on all fours - springing clear of the door way and saying, 'I am SnowMoon Wolf', then I stood up and howled my heart out.  I listened in the silence but no wolves howled back ... but it was ok ... we were still connected.

The next day, as we sat on the edge of a canyon, something special, private and wonderful happened.  The effects of which lasted a little while until reality interceded a few years later.

I met them both again in Calafornia 3 years later. 



Myself and Lee went to Yosemite and took some photos.  We goofed around, stayed a night and had some booze and a really good laugh that night. 





I took this photo of Lee on that trip.  Lee Schmidt, a man to walk the mountains with.


Lee finished his journey with us on 5 June 2011, having been taken by cancer.

It seems surreal to hear about Lee today and to receive a text telling me that my birth father is hospital, having suffered a heart attack, in the same day.  I'll remember my father for his absence and rejection, while I remember Lee for his gentle humour and loving friendship ... and for letting me see what it's like to sit with a father for a time.

Wolf


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Italy and Gian Luka ...

I went away for a long weekend to visit Alessandro, Sandra and her short term (no rent paying) tenant - Gian Luka.



It was a lovely trip that was full of companionship, good food, good wine, laughs, other forms of Italian culture and good scenery ... and even some salsa!



Sandra was nearing delivery time while I was there but Gian Luka came out and made his first appearance yesterday at 16:06 hrs.  Mother baby and papa are fine.

A new breath,
A new life.
The warm embrace of a new mother,
Tears of a new loving father.
The circle of love widens.
Welcome Gian Luka.

All the best

(Uncle) Wolf  :)

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