I'm not from this planet. I'm from a planet called earth. I don't know what this one is.
Seems to me when I was a little one, the first time I showed my fanny for the camera, it would have been white. I'm quite sure had there been a second time, it would be red.
If only it were " a few sickos".
Any experienced mental health or social work professional will know that child abuse is terrifyingly common, and has been for decades and decades, and that the most common situation in which it takes place is within families.
However, the disgust which (quite rightly) prevails over abuse also leads to these truths not only remaining unacknowledged, but actively (note that I do not imply conspiratorially) suppressed.
It is a few statistically and even fewer who use photography. I may wewll be too many.
Originally Posted by pdeeh
What needs to be taken into account is the the context of an odd family image containing child nudity, which is not the same as intent to make obscene illegal images. The point being innocent people are tared by the deviants if they make images like the OP mentions.
Originally Posted by Truzi
around 1996-1997. i used to serve her and her husband coffee.
good luck with your situation !
I think you should take this story to your paper or a photography magazine at the very least. I almost can't believe that they destroyed the picture and you complied to avoid trouble. This, as Ian mentions, comes down to nothing more than a fundamental lack of common sense and fear - which clearly is beginning to have a massive impact on every aspect of our lives. They destroyed your property, for no rational reason whatsoever. This needs to be fought aggressively, on principle. If we continue to remain complacent about this it will lead to more fear based laws and also, more paranoia about photography and photographers.
Thanks for the comments. I feel a bit in a funk at the moment because I work hard and pay my taxes, and the only thing that keeps life interesting is my family and photography, and this incident has hit both.
The policeman kept repeating in amazement "I didn't know people were still taking film pictures, it's great that you're still doing it". In this day and age, I don't think anyone doing anything illegal would give their film to an external party for development, they'd be using digital. Which just goes to show how absurd the situation was. The police were actually quite apologetic, saying this incident only occurred because a "member of the public" complained.
It would have been nice to have been contacted by the lab. Unfortunately because there are so few film processors here in Australia the shop I drop them off sends the film interstate to be processed, so I have had no face-to-face contact with the actual lab doing the processing - might have made a difference, who knows. All I know is that because of their judgement, the police had to come to my house, evaluate how I was raising my children (which took all of one second) and write a report that goes into the system, even if it says no laws were broken.
Strange thing is, back in the supposedly puritanical 50's, no one thought much of it. I inherited from my mom slides of me running around naked at the beach at age two, and color prints of my bare butt at age three riding a tricycle naked (my mom made me do that, because it was "cute"). No flak from the processors.
My main objection is that they demanded destruction of the slide after acknowledging that there was no ill intent in its creation. So what if there are some "naughty bits"? These days, adult's "naughty bits" can hardly be avoided when going to movies, because nudity is now OK, and porn is all over the internet, yet the innocent nudity of a small child in a private family photo is not acceptable. It's a picture of a little child, it's a private family photo by you, the child's parent, and it's your property.
Yes I think if I had a more combative personality I probably should have (like my wife wanted to) but I just want to keep children out of this. I think once it's in the police's hands there was little they could do - my plea I guess was for the labs to show some common sense before calling in the authorities.
Originally Posted by batwister
I think you should have just let your wife take it on.
I have to say that this is quite alarming! I can only share that when our daughter needed her passport at age 1 we took a picture of her. It was a charming and natural shot. We live in Florida and it is very hot so she didn't have a shirt on in the photo. Since it was only of her head and shoulders we didn't think anything of it! Needless to say we had to submit a photobooth picture in the end, in which she looks miserable.
It makes me wonder what photos we have of our kids that could be perceived in an unfavorable light!
So sorry to hear your story!
Originally Posted by Lowly