So here we have a group of people who not only believe they have the right to ride their bikes in public completely naked, but that they have the right to forbid anyone from photographing it.
Talk about arrogant.
World Naked Bike Ride, an international organization that promotes naked protests against the use of cars, has even gone as far as implementing a “photography policy” as they go around breaking indecent exposure laws.
Below is a sample of their policy when dealing with photographers in public.
- If it makes you uncomfortable, let the photographers know that they don’t have permission to photograph you.
- Some rides might want to consider having a rolling start. Some have said that it’s fun to start off clothed and then, once riders are away from the assembly area and crowds, they can undress. This has been done in Vancouver and Chicago.
- Everybody should take responsibility for making people feel comfortable and informing others (who might be unaware) of the photo/video policy.
- Consider appointing a photography patrol to educate photographers about the policy. Most people will be respectful of policy once they are informed. Always assume good intent unless there is good reason to believe otherwise.
- Consider prohibiting photography/video taking place in designated areas. Eg: in 2005, Seattle photographers and film-makers were prohibited from shooting closer than 15 feet from subjects. The problem is of course, that some have long lenses!
- Tents, domes, shelters and screens: Consider prohibiting photography inside body-painting tent areas without permission from those being painted.
- Consider issuing IDs to photographers and film-makers that you have a good relationship with, and that understand your policy.
- Be prepared to directly confront predatory photographers if they have been warned or are actingly in blatantly disrespectful ways. Turn the tables on problem people by photographing them and posting their image on your website for the public to see. Often this will discourage them from shooting irresponsibly. There are also those who are at the event to use the images for other reasons, and you won’t know without asking. If someone is being aggressive, acting suspiciously, or making you feel uncomfortable, please tell a WNBR team coordinator or someone who can ask them to back off and give people personal space.
I find it pretty laughable as does the San Francisco Citizen; especially the ones where they’re going to get off on telling me I “don’t have permission” to photograph them.
Or the one about the “photography patrol” that would “educate” me about photographing them in public.
Having said all that, I didn’t even bother photographing the naked bike protest that rode through Miami last week.
My experience with these types of protests is that they are filled with scraggly looking white men rather than hot looking women.