Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by Photoman76, Feb 20, 2016.
It sounds completely wrong to me,but I'm a lifelong musician in NYC. So,I'd probably try to sit in on the gig.
Even if it was on a harpsichord.Which I can't even play.
I don't know your laws, but here in the U.S. there is a law against it called (something like) "contributing to the delinquency of a minor", even if you are the child's parent. You can't even show him the photos you took. And heaven help you if you allow him to show other children.
I know nothing about international law,but I'm thinking somebody should be arrested here.
I'm hoping they aren't,but think they might if they ain't pretty careful.
Recommend she check with a qualified British solicitor (attorney), not an online photography forum mainly visited by US amateur photographers.
It may or may not be illegal; it depends on the nature of the photographs.
But that's about all the energy I'm putting into this thread. It's so obvious a pile of troll sh*t.
It all depends. Is the kid any good?
If this is for real, it should be reported to whatever agency there that is similar to child protective services here in the US.
In the US you don't have to know for sure if child abuse or neglect is happening, just that it's suspected. You can report it anonymously.
(Edit - I thought you said this had been going on for 3 years but reread it and realized you probably meant you'd first had contact with the woman online three yrs. ago; obviously this would be a situation of even more concern if it started when the child was 7.)
If you can't figure out where they live try contacting whatever website you got to know her on. The company that runs the site should probably report anything like this that's brought to their attention, although I don't know if they would.
It might be best to report it as best you can and let authorities there check on the child's welfare and figure out what the situation is. Then it would probably be best to discontinue contact.
Nudity isn't as forbidden and taboo outside the US. Before we go all "linch mob" lets realize this is just a photography forum.
I think the taboo is every bit as common in the UK.
I can't see why nudes would be necessary for a child to learn photography. Having the subject in a bikini reduces the concerns, and would be quite adequate for learning purposes.
Knowing my kids attitudes, I very much doubt it was the child's idea to start shooting her nude.
I agree that it seems unlikely to have been the child's idea, although he could have a certain amount of curiosity.
I remember college being the first of taking art classes with figure drawing involving nude models; I don't what's current for high school aged students but certainly under age 12 I doubt this would be acceptable.
What concerns me is if she's talking about this on a public forum somewhere, what else might be going on that she isn't talking about? Someone from a social service agency there needs to go to the home and check it out. We just don't know, she could just be misguided in what's appropriate or there could be sexual abuse going on. If there are no concerns then most likely the case would be closed; if something is of concern it needs to be addressed to protect that child.
My background is working with kids and families and what would happen is what we used to call a 'paper trail' (not paper so much now). You document because you don't know where something could lead and if enough adds up that can determine what might need to be done for the child's well being.
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