We’ve got your picture, now what’s your name?

RTE Radio 1’s Flux ran a programme on the treatment of a community following the death of a woman and her two sons in Firhouse, Co Dublin. last year.

Local community members were interviewed almost a year later by Flux to find out how journalists and photographers treated them. Some of the stories are shocking, others have been discounted as pure fantasy, and the newspapers are defended by a member of staff from the Irish Daily Mail.

I’m writing this from memory because the sound on my desktop box is broken and the sound on my Macbook is just too low for comfort. I used mplayer to record the stream using the following command, mplayer rtsp://streaming2.rte.ie/2007/0129/29012007rte-flux.rm -novideo -ao pcm. That dumps the realaudio stream to a file called audiodump.wav. I wish mencoder worked on audio streams…

It’s well worth a listen though.

Of photographers and photojournalists

Mark Hancock asks of his editor, “Do we run pretty pictures?” It’s not something your average photographer has to deal with but when you work for a newspaper as a photojournalist it is a consideration.

Where would I be if I couldn’t shoot pretty pictures? What would you do? Do you really hanker after that photography job now? Do you really want to give up that desk job and go shoot portraits and news items?

What is your raison d’etre for being a photographer? Mine is that it is a very enjoyable hobby. Why ruin it by pressure and deadlines?