Earthdance Jam Photography Guidelines
a living document, 2015
Photography and videography are wonderful ways to document beautiful and memorable moments. However, we need to balance our enthusiasm to share great images with our desire to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all participants. Please be mindful that photography and video affect the dance space and change the dancers' experience.
Photography at jams is a privilege, not a right. Some people welcome photography / videography in certain situations (e.g. a lively group dance) but not in others (e.g. an eyes-closed warm up). Others may not like to be photographed at all. Dancers may express their preferences with a public announcement, they may tell you directly, they may hold up a hand in the moment, or you may simply notice that they aren't enjoying being in front of your camera. If you feel any uncertainty, err on the side of asking permission.
- Jam organizers may designate certain times and spaces as off-limits for photography.
- Jams are intimate spaces, and posting of pictures in public places can violate this intimacy. Photos taken during a jam should be considered private — to be shared only among jam participants. Publication of photos or videos, including publication on Facebook, is not appropriate unless every recognizable person in the photo has given their express permission to publish.
GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY BY SHARING (PRIVATELY)
If you take more than a few pictures, please upload them to a private but shareable online album, such as through Flickr or Dropbox, and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can distribute it to Jam participants.
Standard photography etiquette applies: edit down your images to get rid of embarrassing or unflattering ones, and promptly remove any others that you are asked to.
BE CAREFUL PHOTOGRAPHING CHILDREN AND NAKED PEOPLE
Inappropriate circulation of photos of children can have harmful consequences. If minors are in the frame, consent of a parent or legal guardian is required .
Photography of nude or partially nude persons also requires special care. Publishing or distributing such photos without written consent is potentially illegal.