I’ve always been fairly set in my ways with journalism ethics. I’m a bit of a purist and don’t really believe in any grey areas. Whether it’s written or photographic journalism, you just tell the truth. Don’t mislead. Don’t embellish. Don’t hide relevant facts. I’m not saying my journalism is always perfect, but my ethics always are. At least, that’s what I thought…
Late last night I was browsing Reddit on my iPhone, and I clicked a link to view a photo. An advert on the hosting site immediately exploited a well-known iPhone bug to redirect me to the William Hill betting app in the App Store, a bug that has been annoying iPhone users for years and remains unfixed. I switched back to the browser and closed the page.
It was about four years ago, winter, first day of snowfall, and I was out doing weather photos near Laggan in the Cairngorm national park. I’d ventured off the main roads and out in to the more remote areas, along the old General Wade military route to Fort Augustus. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the area, this is what you might call “proper Scotland”, the most beautiful countryside in the world.
A couple of weeks ago I got to photograph a baby reindeer that is being hand-reared by staff at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Aviemore.
Fergus was born on the 9th of June and his mum died when he was just 10 days old, so staff at the reindeer centre took the unusual step of bottle-feeding him.
At first the young reindeer was being cared for by staff member Abigail Saunders in her home, but now Fergus is living at the reindeer centre and other members of staff are taking turns to bottle-feed the orphan calf.
The ‘herders’, as staff at the reindeer centre are known, hope that soon they’ll be able to take Fergus up to the rest of the reindeer herd on Cairngorm Mountain. He will spend his days there before coming back down to the reindeer centre at night. By late summer he should be able to stay up the mountain with the rest of the herd.
The lady in the photos is Andi Probert, one of the reindeer herders.
The controversy over Zach Jesse being banned from playing Magic: The Gathering is quite extraordinary. Not because of the ban itself, but because of how bold a move it is from Wizards of the Coast, who are effectively laying their cards on the table and saying that some convicted criminals deserve a second chance, while others don’t.
Photographer Jason Sheldon has written an open letter to Taylor Swift, accusing her of hypocrisy in her recent stance against Apple’s new streaming service. Basically, Taylor is one of the many big-name artists who demand full and perpetual usage rights to all editorial photos taken at her concerts, yet she made a huge fuss about Apple trying to use her music as part of a free promotion of its new streaming service.