I was reading some blogs of my blogroll, as I sometimes like to do a couple of days a week. The blogs on my roll are those which I like to read, comment etc. There was nothing out of the usual until I came to this particular blog and this particular part of the post. I won't name the writer but I wanted to get an understanding of others interpretation of the following text.
.....go to the nearby soccer game and take pictures - and simply not come back until it was over. (Or simply not go back until tomorrow). Part of me was leery of making a scene, but mostly the weather was icky all day - chilly cloudy and off-and-on raining. So, I figured if the day stayed that way, why bother going out in yucky weather.
It was the phrase 'make a scene' that made me wonder, why would taking photos at a football game cause a scene, it was then that I started to wonder, is it because the people playing football would be children underage?
I commented on the blog, I couldn't help myself 'You want to take photo's of young dude's playing soccer, does that seem weird to you?'. It was presumptuous of me to assume that they were children but I had a feeling I was right. He was quick to respond with 'last time I checked it was a free country'. I was expecting a denial, for him to say that it was a college game or some kind of adult match.
I asked him again how old the players were, and agreed that it was a free country but that children should also be free to play sports without being photographed for what is most likely sexual gratification. Again, he responded almost immediately but he didn't deny any anything sexual but rather said sexual gratification was a little bit to extreme.
I pushed him further on this, pointing out how wrong and inappropriate this was and he replied with ' I'm not having sexual encounters with anyone for crying out loud. I'm taking pictures of something I enjoy. End of discussion. Thanks for commenting.'.
Now, I don't know about you but I don't see much difference between these kind of photographs and child pornography especially when the uses would be the same and the writer, didn't agree with me, it was more just a 'hobby' for him. I couldn't get my head around it, how could he not see that this was the same. I couldn't help but wonder, what other peoples opinions on the situation were. No one else has commented on this particular post so I don't know if anyone else out there is looking at the situation in the same light.
Is this perfectly innocent? Let me know what you think.