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Bob, Yes of course I've enjoyed pictures like those you say, but the difference is that most of these scenarios would have been agreed beforehand. Furtive, surreptitious photography is unlikely to win any favours with the organisers of these events. Certainly events like the funerals of Diana and Kennedy are state occassions where one expects coverage, it must be hard for the close relatives involved to consider them as personal acts of worship. One could argue that ceremonies in public spaces are 'fair game' but I doubt that many participants would see it that way. And for your druid ceremony, are you planning to ask permission in advance? I've spent the last 8 years working in religious environments (including pagan) and never once considered taking pictures of people without asking. Of an empty church or deserted sacred site, sure, but where is common decency, sensitivity and politeness? Jem - -----Original Message----- From: Bob Walkden [SMTP:email@example.com] Sent: 14 September 2000 13:32 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: [Leica] quiet cameras in cathedrals? Hi, have you never enjoyed essays about the rituals and customs of other cultures in magazines such as National Geographic? How about books like Beckwith and Fisher's 'African Ceremonies'? Or TV coverage such as Kennedy's or Princess Diana's funeral? I'm planning to photograph a Druid ceremony at next week's equinox. Is that wrong too? How about Cartier-Bresson's famous picture of the Muslim women in Srinagar? Or the innumerable pictures by the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi? Or Henning Christoph's 'Voudou'? Cheers, Bob >From: Jem Kime <email@example.com> > >Mitch, >I have to say that for anyone to have the insensitivity to want to >photograph others in the act of worship beggars belief! [...] _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com. Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.