But his reasons were nonsense/hypocritical.
In the way you choose to re-represent them, Iīd probably agree, but thatīs just you finessing intent, mine, to suit your own purposes.
Suffice to say that I disagree with your liberal interpretation of copyright/model releases and would ever remain on the side of caution in such matters. And taking another point you made, if not for commercial gain, why would I publish on the web or anywhere else, for that matter? I did explain that I am not looking at getting my work seen from the same perspective as does an amateur, something John grasped right away in a previous post. Why do you persist in missing that? I certainly do have material for which I have the correct releases - I did do stock shoots too, remember - but why expose such material to you, and here, for free?
No, I see nothing wrong with saving somebodyīs blushes today for whatever they might have done yesterday. As I wrote here earlier, I have never touched porn and I despise it; however, that doesnīt mean that a topless shot from those days will not upset somebody in school if their mates see it online. (A heavy example of that, in some ways, is the manner in which those two princes must have suffered for their motherīs stupidity.) Oddly, I am not alone in this context: I have an Australian friend who was long an official Australian Playboy photographer who has literally thousands of transparencies from those days still in his possession. He will release none of it. (I used to wonder why, but of late I sort of respect him the more for it.) Sadly, I do not have all that many images left anymore, what with moving away from Britain lo those years ago, getting more damaged in various libraries and so forth, but even so, I have tried to get some more releases for a lot of that old work since my interest in digital printing started, but the model agencies simply canīt help: girls from twenty-odd years ago are hardly on their books anymore and there is not usually much feedback once the commerce is over. Thatīs why I tried to indicate to you that there is a difference between putting prints up for sale in galleries and publishing on the web - you have a better chance of a simple and easy life away from the computer. I also tried to indicate that a gallery ambience is one thing but a web presence is quite another. And not an improvement, in my opinion, and not a million miles removed from flogging prints in a flea market.
Paparazzi photos are something quite else: sometimes those people do get sued or worse; at others they can claim to have photographed in the public domain whilst on yet other occassions they are simply reacting to information fed them by the PR people behind the very idiots they pursue. I wouldnīt take any of that sort of work too seriously, but your mileage may vary somewhat.
On the topic of political correctness, I never did claim it a reason not to put stuff of mine on the web; I used it to indicate why so much of the pin-up work that flourished from the sixties to the early eighties has gone with the dodo. Companies doing girl calendars got frightened; some continued after a longish break, as with Pirelli (but they seem to have lost the plot IMHO); I have no idea if Unipart, Mintex, Marlboro, Heineken, Pentax or any of those other top calendar producers still do what they did - I can never find on the web anything to indicate they even had as great a past as they did. Times and people do change, not to mention what they consider a good press! But oh, didnīt somebody here still subscribe to the belief that there is no such thing as bad publicity?
You asked another, somewhat disingenuous question: do they sell cameras in Spain? Yes, and they also have model agencies too. But to employ a model you need a client or a damn good belief that your work has a market. I do not believe that there is a market today that pays for stock photography at the level required to employ models of any value and to employ lesser ones is an exercise in self-defeat, as where we came in with the original point to this thread. If you want to photograph girls without much clothing because it just turns you on and it doesnīt matter how they look, go ahead and buy or con your way into their pants; if you are seriously concerned with the market and your bank balance, then think with your brain, for a change; how else should a pro ever do it?
Thatīs how I see it, and thatīs also where I intend to leave it as there is obviously nothing I can ever write that will change the way you want to believe.