Sustainable prospects. Project Development WEEK 11 : Model releases & Ethics
3rd December 2019
In June 2019 I started my MA with Falmouth university as part of an accredited education programme.
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For each families photoshoot I have done, I have had them complete a model release form . This was to ensure the families understood , to the best that I could tell them, what I am doing, why I am doing it, where I plan on putting the images, and why. what I plan to include, and not plan to include. It then gave each family a section to sign off on their consent to use the images.
A COUPLE OF NOTES ON ADDITIONAL ETHICS
One thing I did do was keep any audio and video recordings I wished to use at the total discretion of the parents. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to analyse why, but from very early on it became apparent that I was not comfortable having sole say over which audio and video I used, I felt this was a very subjective thing, that each parent, and family needed to be involved in. I find it very intriguing that I feel this way about audio and visual recordings, whereas the images I was adamant that I had to have total control over which ones I used. I think there are a few reasons for this, one is the fact that audio is a very personal thing. 99% of the audio I took was actually just to help me, and my brain. I have been very ill this module, intact for 9 of the 11 weeks so far I have been on antibiotics, in and out of hospital, and my memory has been horrendous, so I took the audio of the photoshoots as a way of being able to remember what I discussed with parents, so that if anything of specific interest came up I would be able to quote directly. I didn’t do this with all the families, but noticed after the first few that it was not going to work me trying to remember everything, and also I wanted to make sure I didn’t misquote anyone. I had taken a few videos and some of the things I was discussing with the parents were really interesting , this is why I chose to start making audio recordings.
All parents were told, the audio recordings are for me to transcribe and look for specific quotes from, I will not be publishing these on my CRJ for obvious GPRD and ethical, and moral issues, and I explained to parents that if I wanted to directly quote I would find the quote / text and send to them to get individual sign off on the quotes I wanted to use.
I explained I would do exactly the same with video.
Finally, I added a section int he model release where all parents were asked to of discussed the photoshoot with their children before I arrived, and to confirm the children were happy to be photographed, where the child was of an age old enough to understand this. Whilst at a few of the photographs a couple of the children expressed they didn’t wish to be photographed, or only wished to be photographed where they were unrecognisable for example, these desires, were of course adhered too.
The template of the model release is below …