Sunday, November 04, 2018

On "set the clocks back" night, the photography question comes back

For “Set the Clocks Back” with its extra hour one Saturday night (the first Saturday of November) every year, I tried Pitcher’s last night, first time on a Saturday, post World Series, post Boston Red Sox (and pre-signing of Bryce Harper). It's a good chance to see who survived Halloween intact. 

I did see the new women’s bar on the lower level, and there were plenty of men.

Almost every room was packed.

There was a little incident. Recall the Sunflower submarine hat that I bought during my 1993 visit in Norfolk early in the gays in the military debate.  I lost it in the move to the condo, so I bought a replacement on Amazon that says “U.S. Submarine Service: Boomer”.

I got a question even from the bouncer if I had served.  Later in one of the upstairs rooms (not the dance floor) a young man (familiar) accompanied by several women asked the same.  He tried it on.  
He took it off.  I snapped a quick cell phone photo.  Totally dressed, no nudity, nothing erotic.

About five minutes later another girl suddenly popped over and practically took the iPhone from my hand. “Did you take my friend’s picture?  That is so not O.K.” 

I’ve checked tonight. It is not on my iCloud.  (There is an earlier picture of the person who I will not identify, or where, on my harddrive.)

I interpreted his activity as giving me permission for the one headshot. 

I don’t know if this is tribalism (I’m not part of the in-group), or “safe space”, or “Me Too” as if I reminded her of Kevin Spacey.

It is indeed much less acceptable today to take photos of people in bars than it was ten years ago.  (A few bars have no-photo policies, as do some circuit parties.) Facebook is part of the reason, especially now, with all the privacy scandals.  And a smartphone photo can be exchanged on Snapchat so fast – except that I don’t have Snapchat or use it.

So for anything like a closeup, you need verbal permission.  I think I had it.  The person has to be >= 21 since the ID’s are checked.

The Town (as did the Apex, the Velvet Nation, and Tracks) had a balcony that made long shots possible, and no one objects to those (and lens closeups are possible. 

But the established gay media has a legacy market on up-close photos, especially Metro Weekly. So this is turning into a micro problem about independent journalism (see my main blog post today). 
There are plenty of photos from Town's last party on sale legally (don’t know the price per image, maybe $10, and if that gives posting rights.)

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