15-Sep-2008 (Mon) Wherein you've spoiled it for everybody.

Photos are now up of Bohemian Carnival, which was awesome.

And in related news, a word on photography.

Hubba Hubba Revue (which, incidentally, is happening this Friday and which I strongly advise you to attend) have decided to ban pro-sized camera rigs. This sucks, but I completely understand, sympathize with, and support their decision.

As Dr. Kingfish posted on the Myspaces:

We understand that not every photographer is responsible for every issue, but we have had complaints and problems at literally every show we've ever done, and no matter what we say or do, this continues to be the case. These complaints have come from performers, audience members and even the venues themselves, and frankly we can no longer afford the time and effort to manage this apparently inevitable situation.

Even when we have spoken directly to these issues, our requests for good conduct have regularly been ignored, and photographers have continued to make the show experience a negative one for the audience and the cast. On more than one occasion we've even had to throw photographers out of the dressing room -- even after they'd been told directly that they were not allowed in that area.

Lastly, despite literally thousands of photos snapped at every show we've ever done; despite telling photographers that they were allowed to shoot at our events only so long as we were given copies of their material, we've maybe received, at most, a couple of dozen photos -- total -- over the past 2 years. Clearly the only thing we are getting from this relationship is grief.

As you may have noticed, I take a lot of photos here. Frankly, I'd rather not: I enjoy photography, but most of the time, I'd rather be actually watching the show. But I try to shoot as many events as possible anyway, because having photos on the web site is good promotion for the club, so I kind of consider it my job.

And I know from direct personal experience that if the show isn't being shot by me or by one of two or three other photographers I know personally, the chance that I will ever see those photos is slim to none.

It's so sad to be shooting a show and look to the left and right and see that the entire front row is taken up by late-40s obese men with Grizzly Adams beards and $4,000 worth of camera equipment. Aside from the visceral reaction to this ("What am I doing here! I don't want this to be my peer group!") I also feel bad for everyone else in the audience who paid to actually see the show and are having their view blocked by these boobs. When shooting I always try to move around a lot, both for variety in the shots, and so that I'm not blocking anyone for very long. Most photographers don't have any such consideration.

And, as noted, these guys with their expensive gear not only never send us the photos, but they never even post the photos to Flickr or anywhere googlable. We never see the photos, even when I've personally asked them, and given them my card. That trick hasn't worked even once.

This doesn't happen for rock shows, of course: the dirty santas only come out when there are pretty girls on stage. Draw your own conclusions.

It's also worth noting that Bohemian Carnival suffered the exact same problems that Hubba Hubba has, and reached the same decision years ago.

So, now you've spoiled it for everybody. I hope you're happy.

9 Responses:

  1. strspn says:

    I don't buy this puritanical crap. Studies show that clean living involves suprisingly large amounts of sex (meta http equiv refresh-as-slideshow abomination, 10-over-three-pages abomination). We need more cost-benefit analyses based on empirical research. We can't have exhausted all of the possible means of birth control or all the ways to make sex safer and more pleasurable at the same time, for example.

    • jwz says:

      That sounds like something Hitler would say.

      • strspn says:

        Is the reason for prurient interest not puritanism? The benefits we gained from the da Vinci-era Enlightenment are in a struggle with censorship, on many measurable levels.

        Would it be ethical for musicians to support themselves by using an attractive band member (in this case, let's say a female) who is not actually playing instruments or singing, in order to increase their pull and publicity? Would that not depend in turn on the quality of the music?

        Lip syncing is widely condemned because it has the chance to go spectacularly wrong. But what about the case where a so-so band is facing the decision as to whether to put an attractive female in a position, where, for example, she might be appearing to play an instrument which may also occur in a recorded track, and would have the option to be replaced with the recorded background track?

  2. greatevil says:

    Try running sound side stage at summer concerts... you get the worst of the crack and then get to feel double extra bad for the people in the front row who also get full effect. And sadly the boss told me I couldn't kick them in the head.

    New DNA policy: if you bring a DSLR into the venue you must check your keys. In order to get your keys back you need to dump your memory card. Don't like it? No camera.

    This is obviously too much work to be a real suggestion. I just say kick the repeat offenders who you recognize in the nuts.

  3. mc_kingfish says:

    I love you for all time, just because of the term, "Dirty Santas."

  4. homodachi says:

    Awesome decision. I hope there's an exception in that rule for your photos though.

  5. violentbloom says:

    Clearly I haven't been to hubba hubba recently. That sounds really creepy. I have been there to other events and seen the same type of thing. Or been elbowed out of the way for someone to get their perfect shot of the go-go dancer.

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