Photographs and the Right to Privacy

When you snap a picture of another person, two fundamental rights often come into play: the right of the photographer to free expression and the right of the subject to privacy (the right to be left alone).
– Lien Verbauwhede, 2006 –

On my blogs, the right of personal privacy always outweighs my right as a photographer. It is my personal preference and has nothing to do with the law of the land. This does pose a dilemma (which I always thought was spelled dilemna) for me, because sometimes the story I am telling is best illustrated with a photo of people.

I use two solutions – sometimes I crop the photo to remove faces, in addition to using filters to alter the photo. This was an effective way to treat this photo, because the topic was hands, and the photo was called ‘Card Sharks’.

The second solution is to simply experiment with filters until I find one that disguises the faces. This photo of the ‘Card Sharks’ was not as effective as the first photo, though it did a good job of ensuring privacy.

My 5th Birthday Party (scanned photo with pencil filter.)

Sometimes, the photo is so old that identification isn’t an issue. This was a photo of my 5th birthday party. I’ve aged about *&#@ years since then and my mom passed away many years ago – but  I thought the cross-hatch effect improved the photo!

If you take photographs of people and publish them on your blog, do you get their permission to do so?