Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Knowing when to keep your camera in your pocket ...

The transition from dictatorship to democracy has always been a bumpy and unsettling road.  This has never been more true than in Myanmar.  The link below will take you to an AP article that explains the plight of one photographer jailed for images taken during a grenade attack in Yangon.  Under the charge of "damaging the tranquility" of the government, this photographer has received an initial 8 year sentence follwed by a recent renewal of an additional 10 years, bringing his total sentence to 18 years.  Although photography can be an inspiring media by which one can send dramatic and silent messages, I question whether I would trade an image for 18 years of my life.  I suspect this was not a conscious choice of the photographer in this article but it does remind us all that there are times that we probably should just keep our camera in our pocket ...

Click HERE for the full AP article

2 comments:

Diko said...

Very cruel indeed. :-(

Damon Rickett said...

Agreed. It does speak to how power images can be though.