[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]R[/bra_dropcaps]egistration to photograph, film or publish about Burning Seed opens is now open. At Burning Seed, our approach to media, photography and filming is different from standard festivals, so check whether you need to register too. We also give a brief outline of your rights as a participant sans camera.
Pics, flicks and articles for publication
If you are planning to take photographs or film for anything beyond sharing with friends and family – and that includes websites, gallery showings, traditional and digital media – then you need to seek and be granted written permission.
If you are planning to write and publish an article in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine or an online publication, you will also need to register with us too. If you are blogging for personal reasons but including photos, then we ask that you register for the photography.
At Burning Seed, we are seeking to create a radically self-expressive space where people can openly be or do anything. There is therefore a greater need at our Burn to maintain the integrity and safety of the space and its people – and for participants to know and trust that this is happening.
And that means we like to keep an eye on the media, photographers and filmmakers – professional, semi-professional and amateur. With the size of our event still intimate, we also set a limit on the number of film projects each year. That includes any remote aerial devices that film.
Maintaining the integrity of this space also means that consent should be your middle name when photographing or filming at Burning Seed. Wherever possible, check in with the subject of your camera’s desire, either before or after the shot, to see if they’re Ok with being captured.
Consent wristbands will also be available for participants to wear and to let you know at a glance whether they want to be in the frame — read more here.
And last but not least, there are no media passes. In a participatory community such as ours, you’re part of it too. So, yes, you must buy a ticket.
Pics, flicks and articles for friends and family
For your average participant who just wants to share their memories with friends and family, we still have three words for you: consent, consent, consent
Whether you’re a newcomer or not, you might not know what is acceptable until you ask. By asking, you’ll eliminate confusion and foster a tighter, safer community where people know their boundaries are protected and respected. In a world where people are pushing the envelope of their own self-expression (or perhaps wanting to explore somebody else’s :)), such freedom is only assured by knowing you are safe to do so.
Remember: photographs might seem like a good idea at the time but radical self-expression can look quite different out of its natural habitat and splashed all round Facebook for employers, family members and others to see. Not everyone wants to blend their Burner life with their default world – some people need or want to keep these lives separate. So don’t out a Burner by taking that photo or video without checking in with them!
If you’re blogging, we ask that you keep us in the loop by sending a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
And for the participant without a camera? You have the right to ask a photographer or videographer at any time not to take a picture of you and to ask them to delete it if they do.
Removable, brightly coloured silicone consent wristbands are also available for you to wear: they are a quick and easy way to let all photographers and filmmakers know that you don’t want to be filmed or photographed for the whole of the event or just the times or days that you don’t want to be captured on film.