Don't you want attention for your work? Wouldn't you like to receive some kind of compensation? It seems like you're calling any model that appears nude a whore. Would you as the photographer serve as the pimp?
Removing the qualifiers from an argument and expressing outrage at the implied conclusion is a stale gambit. I stated that people involved in “tumblr nude selfie whoring for attention and profit” should be real about their activities and that “if you don’t have your hand out and are really in it for art, then don’t get your back up, I don’t mean you”. I also very plainly stated that I am not condemning the activity. I think my position was perfectly clear in my post.
Are YOU saying that there is no distinction between a model or photographer working on concept (erotic or not), makeup, scene, light, and technique from say, a person who offers to provide cell phone nude snaps in the mirror if they get enough likes? How about someone offering to exchange lightly used panties for cash or trade?
I did not coin the term attention whoring, but in many cases it is accurate. It is also accurate to say that some people on tumblr are very openly hustling marks with sexual favors. A few of these same people ALSO produce art as models and photographers. A very good friend of mine was once asked if he was a surfer. He responded by saying, “Only when I’m surfing.” I think that it is apt to say that these people are attention whoring or hustling when they are performing these kind of activities. That is NOT the same as labeling them as whores and hustlers.
As for your questions, I like credit for my work, but I feel no compulsion to whore for attention. The fact that I have no interest in financial compensation has no bearing on the argument. Finally, I have not promoted attention whoring or hustling through my work or relationships, so that implication is also ludicrous.
I find it illogical that so many people correctly point out that nude is not equivalent to porn and yet fail to apply the reverse logic: Porn, attention whoring, and hustling is not art.
"Hey London, I have noticed that you post a lot of images of yourself without any photographer credits. The vast majority of these photographers paid you for your time and own the copyrights to the images. You have a large network and your images tumbl far, but if you give no…
Yes, the watermarked image someone submitted was a bit low. It gave me a quick laugh, but distracted from the point. I took it down.
I am reblogging this a final time, since it preserves her response my original letter, and let me add this response to London:
1) It is not rude to mildly point out your failure to credit photographers. The snarky tone of your response is, however, definitely rude.
2) You are not sharing your own images. You are sharing images that belong to other people without their permission and without credit. That is not the definition of being generous. By your own admission, you have had this conflict with photographers multiple times. If you cared to expend even the slightest effort to organize your files, identify, and credit the owners of the images, it could easily be done. How is it that you come to the conclusion that the majority of photographers do not care about their image rights? That is patently untrue and you are misrepresenting the reality. Your failure to credit photographers is clearly a failure of attitude and not ability.
3) It is not up to anyone but the photographer to decide whether to watermark their work and you are completely wrong in the assumption that only photographers who do so are proud of their work. Yours is a ludicrous piece of logic.
4) The word endear is not equivalent to the word impress. Perhaps you should pick up a dictionary.
5) Don’t kid yourself, your blog is almost exclusively self-promotion.
You have probably been asked this 15-20 times already, but I can't find it on your page. What do you use to scan your film? I recently have decided to develop my own film and I've head a lot of "scanning" it with a macro lens and just reverting it. Also, i see that you use unicolor, any reason to use that one over tetnal?
I use an Epson Perfection V700 film scanner which can accommodate 35mm to 8x10 negatives, but only includes holders for 35m negatives and slides, 1/220 medium format, and 4x5 inch large format. Since I mostly shoot the latter two, this has worked out for me. There are some after market film holders that have the reputation of being less flimsy than the included ones and do a better job of holding film flat, but I have not used them… yet.
I used the Tetenal C-41 kit for a long time, but it became increasingly difficult to find (new hazardous material shipping laws). The powdered Jobo and Unicolor kits are easy to find, much less expensive, ship readily, and in my opinion, just as good a developing system. They also store for a very long time and travel well. They were originally designed as “press kits” for the field.
Open letter to London Andrews: give photographers proper credit
"Hey London, I have noticed that you post a lot of images of yourself without any photographer credits. The vast majority of these photographers paid you for your time and own the copyrights to the images. You have a large network and your images tumbl far, but if you give no credit and there is no watermark, then the only one benefiting from the promotion is you. That is probably not the best way to endear yourself to photographers. A little effort? Peace, love, and film. Eric"
I’ll probably get vilified by her hoards of sycophantic curve-chasers, but a freelance model should know better.
I don't show my face in my photos for the same reason
It sucks, doesn’t it? I gotta be honest, I’ve been thinking more and more about just putting my face out there, because I KNOW that I’m not doing anything wrong. But I’m young, and have no idea what’ll happen in the future, and right now I live surrounded by friends, family, co-workers and possible employers who would only see what I publish on my blog as porn and see me as a slut (and not in a good way) who has no self-respect. And it bothers me how something like this could have such huge impact in my life. x
What is your favorite camera and lens for black and white portrait photography and recommended film speed ?
My favorite for portraits is only representative of the equipment I own. It should not mean anything to you, but I like both my Yashica Mat 124 (medium format) and my Wista 45DX 4x5 field camera with the 210mm Schneider lens. If I had to choose one, then the Wista setup.
I shoot a lot of long-expired 4x5 Tri-X Pan, because I bought a huge batch. I develop it in Rodinal. Pretty grainy, but I like the look in large format. I also like Ilford Delta 100 and will likely move toward that when my Tri-X Pan stash finally give out. Slower film is usually coupled with finer grain. Neither is as important as lighting.
Equipment is acceptable when it doesn’t get in the way of what you want to do. With me, a lot of that is familiarity.