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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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10 Aug 2021 11:29AM   Views : 355 Unique : 244


Well, Iíve just resolved one dilemma. Thatís the one where you have pictures of someone whoís died, and youíre not sure whether it is ethical or respectful to use any of them ever again. I thought about it, and decided that the best tribute to a professional model is to continue to post good pictures of her. But every time I look at a picture of Stephanie Dubois, I miss her presence in the studio or on location. I miss the unbending intellect that she brought with her. And I miss someone who I couldnít reasonably claim as a friend but who was a close acquaintance.


There are other dilemmas Ė what to do when a model asks you to delete some or all of the online images youíve taken of her. Itís a bit easier when the shoot was time for prints, though it still hurts a bit: when you have paid a model fee, and thereís a signed model release itís a hard decision. Strictly, you donít have to do anything. But if you believe that one should be kind to everyone, and perhaps if you care about your reputation, itís rather easier. Shrug your shoulders, remove the pictures, and muse that one day you may depend on the kindness of those who owe you nothing.


Even then, itís not as if the pictures have no value. So often, you will have learnt something about taking pictures, processing pictures, working with other people, or just about life along the way. Anyway, it feels like a good excuse to celebrate a life well lived with a few more pictures of the woman who lived it.


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
10 Aug 2021 11:31AM
Read noting into the ghostly images, except Stephanie's patience with creative playing around in the studio.
BobinAus Avatar
BobinAus Plus
8 5 14 Australia
10 Aug 2021 2:26PM
A sad dilemma indeed, John, and I think you've resolved it with respect, compassion and empathy. In a way, this post is as much a tribute to the person and the model as your pictures here and in the gallery are.
Robert51 Avatar
Robert51 14 12 147 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2021 4:28PM
For most people when we go will think of how we will be remembered and as a model is is no better way than by their pictures. Add to that the joy and love from those people you encounter in life and you can't ask for much more. Her beauty we there for all to see and we are very lucky to have shared in that.

The second issue about removing an image is a simple one. As a gentleman you would just do it.
No one likes images we dislike of ourselves being out there. It's a bit like those pictures when your young that parents always pull out no matter how old you are.
JuBarney Avatar
JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2021 6:02PM
A really lovely lady and it is good you have such happy memories

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