Dotting the eyes

IF

© Susie Kelly

Poitiers market, Sunday 13th March. I was very taken with this handsome dog, particularly the golden dots above his eyes.

I asked his owner – who was three sheets to the wind and in a genial mood – for his permission before taking the photo. It is against the law in France to photograph a person without their consent. While it is not illegal to photograph their animals, it is wiser and polite to ask, if the owner is present. Generally I have found people are happy to agree, but don’t take it for granted.

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

14 thoughts on “Dotting the eyes

  1. Super chap…I can see why he attracted your attention.

    And on the subject of photographs taken without permission I remember a terrible row breaking out years ago at a sailing rally when a sharp eyed wife saw her husband with a female companion in his lugger a photo in the local rag….one of the reasons that a favourite French blogger only photographs the feet when featuring public meetings and events…

    • It is understandable, really, when you think about it. Who knows what repercussions an unwitting snapper could unleash on a subject. I always either ask – if I can get close enough – or raise my camera and an eyebrow if not – and if somebody scowls or shakes their head, I put the camera away and wonder what evil secrets they are hiding. 😀

  2. Oh isn’t he beautiful! I had no idea that it is against the law to take pictures of people without permission in France. I’m very much in favour of this, as it happens. I think that the world has gone entirely mad with the instant click and send of pictures all over the place via Social Media – but in truth I have been guilty at fêtes of taking pictures and didn’t know I was being a felon.

  3. He’s stunning, isn’t he?

    Yes, many people don’t know that it is an offence in France, even if people are in a public place you may not take their photo without their consent, and if you wish to publish it you should ask for their written permission to do so. I didn’t know that either until quite recently.

  4. Hmmmm, never knew it was illegal to photograph people in France without their consent. It must be rather hard to take any photos at all, other than empty landscapes and still lifes! 🙂

    • Apparently it is OK to photograph a crowd, but not an individual without their consent. How many is a crowd? Three, four, five …………. No idea!

      Below is a form requesting permission to use photos of a person if they are going to be published in any format. But first you need their permission to photograph them!

      Demande d’autorisation d’utilisation de l’image d’une personne

      Je soussigné(e) :
      Demeurant :
      Autorise …………….……………………….. à utiliser et diffuser à titre gratuit et non exclusif des photographies me représentant, réalisées le ………………… à ………………………….ainsi qu’à exploiter ces clichés, en partie ou en totalité, à des fins d’enseignement et de recherche, culturel ou scientifique ou d’exploitation commerciale.
      Les photographies susmentionnées sont susceptibles d’être reproduites sur les supports suivants :
      – Publication dans une revue, ouvrage ou journal dénommé……………………………….
      – Publication pour une publicité ……………………………………………………
      – Présentation au public lors de l’exposition…………………………………………
      – Diffusion sur le site web intitulé « …………………………………………………………………….. »
      – Autre : à préciser…………………………………………………..

      Fait à , le en deux exemplaires.
      Signature

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s