One of the main reasons for shooting my Spain project on film was because I wanted honest, straightforward portraits of people, shots like these can often seem unflattering and harsh to the sitter. I didn’t want to shoot digital and have the constant distraction of people asking to see the shots as soon as I’d taken them, not liking them and asking me to take another…or not take another and leave as quickly as possible! But guess what I forgot to do? Release forms.
I say ‘forgot’, but I hardly ever get release forms signed, it’s just not something I ever think about. But I’m suffering now, because the publication I’ve submitted the project idea to want releases, so today I have to email 32 different people and ask them to sign release forms, retrospectively. And guess what most of those 32 people are going to say – “Can I see the photo first?”