6. Copyright laws forbid it. Making an image of another artist’s image is cheap, unless proper attribution is given, and trying to pass it off as one’s own is, of course, criminal. On the other hand, we live in consciously-constructed environments that are saturated with consciously- constructed images that are difficult to avoid, sometimes impossible, and much of it goes unnoticed by the average person. Displaying what is often casually observed around us so that it is noticed in a new and interesting way is a valid goal of photography, I think. Try to take a picture on a busy city street while avoiding billboard photos, signage, posters and the like – you probably can’t. Of course, it’s perfectly ethical to take such images when they are incorporated within the larger frame, or perhaps as a way of making a separate ironical comment.

7. If you take a picture, violence and mayhem may ensue. Be aware of which large dudes in your neighborhood might be gangsters. All I'm sayin'. Word in your ear.











Okay, I admit gangsters are not a large concern for most of us, but my biggest questions have to do with #5 (see previous post), and it refers to something I may have alluded to in a pervious entry, when I recalled a friend who once told me “The pictures I really want are the ones I can’t take.” I suspect he was talking about courtesy. And something more.


And I'll finish this up later to say more about that "something more" ...