A pair of photographers began taking pictures of a large group of kids swimming in the Frog Pond at Boston Common when they were told they were not allowed.
But Boston Common is a public park, so they had every right to photograph the kids as they did in the above photograph.
According to the Picture/Day blog, run by photographers Tim and Cat.
as we were taking some pictures, a member of the staff, guarding the pond came up to tim saying it is “not cool” to take pictures of kids. they told him he was not allowed to take pictures, “especially of the children”. he then asked to see the
Photographing kids is a touchy subject because you’re automatically labeled a pedophile.
If I am on assignment covering a parade or some type of event, I photograph kids if I see a cool picture, but then I try to talk to the parents and hand them my card and even show them the photo, not that I have to, but I really don’t want to be labeled a pedophile.
Other times I just keep shooting if I don’t see any parents in sight.
If I am not on assignment, then I try to avoid shooting kids as much as possible unless it’s a really cool photo.
The truth is, I like photographing kids because they are so natural in front of the camera.
But the stigma behind it, in the eyes of some people, is insane.
And then there’s this little tidbit from the comments section of Tim and Cat’s blog post.
when tim was taken (talking?) to the other guard, i saw a little girl that looked upset. she was entirely alone. so i asked her where her parents were. we were standing in front of the toilets, and all she said was “i have to go to the potty!” i showed her which one was unlocked. but then i had the feeling she stayed in there a little too long, and still no sign of any parents. i went to the same guard that prohibited tim from taking pics, and told him that i was a little worried about this girl. finally she came out, and i told them i could not see her parents anywhere. all the guards then said was; ooh, she’ll find them back…
in my opinion, if those guys were really concerned about the wellbeing of children, they would have made sure she got back, and they would also have reassured me that she would get back to her parents. there were hundreds of people there!!
But then there are comments like this one.
Someone hanging around frog pong specifically to take pics of kids in bathing suits is creepy. Post those pics on the internet and who know what pervert will start staring at them, and maybe go to frog pond to see the real kid. This is just common courtesy, if you’re afraid to ask permission before photographing people you don’t know, take pictures of something else.
Cat and Tim said they posted a complaint on the Boston Common Frog Pond Facebook page, but it got deleted.
According to an email interview with Cat:
at home, we found the facebook page of the frog pond at the boston common, and there tim posted a link to my blog and in brief that he was stopped from taking pictures similar to the ones you can find on my blog. this post was rather quickly removed, without any comment. he then again wrote on their wall:
at the frog pond today, i was asked to refrain from taking pictures. as the pond is a publicly accessible place i have now learned i was not doing anything illegal. the pictures i took are not in any way different from the ones on this facebook page. there are no regulations posted anywhere about photography in this area. i felt intimidated and bullied by the frog pond staff.
this was yet again removed and they also “deliked” him. i think that is rather sad.
So what do you guys do when you see a good photo opp involving a kid?