Ugly Dougly wrote:...
It's a public event! If you don't like public events, then stay home!
Andie Grace wrote:...
Weâ€™re proud that Black Rock City (a private event held on public land) is widely acknowledged as a bastion of creative freedom.
After all, Burning Man is a private event (with 40,000 of your closest friends).
Photography can be, at times, unpious. Disrespectful of the moment. Rude. It imposes an extra layer of awareness on the subject, a reminder of that moments place within the much larger context.
Imagine a video taped yoga class, or any exercise class. Very few people could do that without being self conscious, and the camera would wreck the experience.
This will be my first time at the event, but I do know there are times when a camera is intrusive. And so the photographer, if they have any class or empathy at all, must be very thoughtful.
While the thoughts that "it's my art"
and "but some people like it"
are blatantly stupid, I like "there are people out there with cameras, deal with it [you sniveling pussy]"
because it lacks empathy and class. But for me, as an individual, I hope to push myself to be a better person than that.