It started with this front page picture ;)
A day after the September 4th, 2010 devastating earthquake in Christchurch created a "field day" for the photojournalists, hundreds if not thousands of news pictures are being shot and transmitted around the world to record and show the extend of damages in this disaster.
Yet, the Sunday Star Times on their September 5 edition splashed this huge photo on their FRONT PAGE.
I concluded, mind you; my ex Picture Editor deduction, the page one shot look like a JACK UP (posed) news picture.
My post ruffled a few feathers, and nerves!
An "Anonymous" claimed, "If your gonna dish dirt you shd have the grace to apologise!"
Apology NOT Needed...
After looking at the "evidence" and responses from my friends in various newspaper and wire services, I still concluded it was a posed picture. So no apology ;) That was way back in September 14, 2010.
I thought that's that... end of story.
Wow! Where was she coming from?
This old fool should have leave it at that, but stupid me went and answered; I also made a tongue in cheek comment that, "I suppose the Picture Editor should be fired for using this picture on the front page."
Man, did I get it from Little Sister!
"Of course I should have realized how superior you are to the rest of us from your initial post. I am getting on with my life BTW, supporting my family and friends in Christchurch and not being a complete ... Maybe you could do or say something with a positive impact and a happy heart instead." February 25, 2011 11:16 AM
Ha ha ha... I should have SHUT UP ;)
I did... it is all over, right?
I got this from the front page photographer TODAY, word for word; unedited (I paragraphed it for easy reading):
My FINAL reply... please, NO MORE :(
I am sorry I caused you such a LONG and EMOTIONAL UPSET!
I am sorry also that you CANNOT accept what other people think of your work!
I am happy for you that your picture is going to be used by Save The Children Fund, good on you! But that does NOT mean it was a GREAT news picture.
On that fateful day, Christchurch got hit by the strongest earthquake in history, what do you think the NEWS STORY will be? And what FRONT PAGE picture the paper got to use to REFLECT on that shocking historical event?
A little girl among fallen bricks, SMILING at your camera?
I DON'T THINK SO!
I am serious that the Picture Editor CAN get fired if he/she was working in another country where competitions among papers are really keen! I doubt it can happen here, not that it is a bad thing :)
What made you think I am bitter? Since you asked..did you ever find out how many times my news pictures has appeared in the front pages of the leading Malaysian, Singapore; NZ (yes, NZ) newspapers? When I was your age :) my picture has been used by News Ltd and Reuters all over the world.
No, I was never bitter... I always remember a U.K. News Editor told me ages ago that your picture might be on the front page today, come tomorrow; it is used to wrap rubbish or fish & chips ;)
As for what happened in Christchurch, how dare you implied that I don't care?
Did you find out what me and my friends did for fundraising effort? Read my blog!
Lastly, you want something positive from me?
As a photographer, if you CANNOT ACCEPT CRITICISM; HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE?
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