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[FBC] Cameras at Parties - Transience Divine
February 19th, 2007
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[FBC] Cameras at Parties

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From:g_w_s
Date:February 19th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I love my camera. I love my spiffy lenses. I love to take pictures of things, people, places, *ideas*. I love to take pictures of both mundane and compromising things, ideas, places - and people in both mundane and compromising poses. There's even a good chance I'll bring my camera to the next rocky party I attend, unless at any point I am told it's not welcome.

Now, here's the thing - I don't like for others that I do not know well enough to trust absolutely to have access to compromising photos of ME. If I'm busy being wary of this, I'm going to be less fun. I am quite certain this is a common feeling, so I am always *extremely* sensitive to others' privacy as well. If I take your picture at a rocky party (again, assuming I don't know of a compelling reason not to document and create art), you WILL know I am doing it before the shutter opens, and if for some reason a nude body sporting a strap-on with a rubber chicken in one hand leaps into the frame at the last moment, I WILL ask the person behind the rubber chicken if they want me to delete the picture. I will undoubtedly be giggling and asking to borrow the rubber chicken (etc) so that I may leap into someone else's picture, of course..

Anyways, that should be common courtesy. I would much rather see people exercise that than a strict no-camera policy. Video taping without knowledge of its presence or purpose would bother me.

(On the other hand - here's a fun idea. Have a voyeur party where there are video cameras EVERYWHERE, hooked up to monitors/tv's in different rooms, but with NO recording and a clear statement of such. A friend once went to a party like this - hidden cameras that everyone knew about, with scattered tv's - and I have wanted to try it ever since.)
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From:catullus_5
Date:February 19th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
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That actually is an awesome idea. I bet it would induce more, uh, playfulness rather than less.
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From:g_w_s
Date:February 19th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
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That's the idea! I should mention that my friend's party wasn't a rocky crowd, and that it was the *possibilities* that were exciting - at a rocky party, I would expect so much more. I for one know that I'd be excited to explore things I hadn't tried before, given my wariness of being recorded.

That's a kick-ass icon, btw. I love it! Much better than kicking that stupid turtle shell over and over..
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From:jrising
Date:February 20th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
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I like your idea for a voyeur party-- any idea where we can get that kind of equipment?

I agree with what you say about common camera courtesy and protocol. But Rocky parties are another kind of beast-- or at least they can be. Every kind of technology has wide-spread effects on social situations. Not as a immutable rule, but as a general rule, cameras are one technology that I don't think we want.

Unless you're given permission by the party host for bringing your camera, or the expectations change, you probably should not bring it to a Rocky party. Or if you bring it, don't bring it out except for a specific shot that you've gotten permission for.
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From:g_w_s
Date:February 20th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
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Aye, I doubt you've seen my camera. I'm usually only taking pictures of my friends that want their pictures taken - pretty safe. It's too new and expensive to leave out all night anyways (I will spill beer on it). =)

(Besides, my camera sees most of its rocky-related use either before the shows or after the parties.)

Where could you get that equipment? I think a small number of small-sized black/white monitors would be ideal, but I'd think that any small tv would do. Lots of people have cameras (though few have more than one), and if it's a party I'm attending, I'd definitely be able to bring at least one. Get a bunch of people to do the same and you're all set. It can be made obvious that there is no tape present. For something like that, you'd have to plan it out - coordinate between people bringing equipment. It's not unmanageable, I don't think.
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From:revolos55
Date:February 21st, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
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That sounds kinda cool
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