The accident at the Cameron Airshow this past weekend made me think about my hobby and what I would do if I was photographing that airshow. I was not there, and I am glad I wasn’t. It was a real eye opener to me, though.
Airshows are great spectacles, with lots of sound and some incredible piloting. My heart grieves for the family, and they are in my prayers. The whole aviation community is affected by this tragedy.
My hobby is aviation photography. It is not my profession, but I am close to the aviation community. These tragedies can and do happen. It has caused me to think about what I would do if I witnessed it.
As a photographer, my job is to photograph the show. Even if I am not making money on my photos, it’s still my job to have a visual reference to what occurred. If I can keep my eye to the camera, most likely I would have gotten most, if not all, events leading up to the crash.
With the images I have, what would I do with them? Some people would say give them to the media. That might be for some people, but I’m not the media. I am a photographer who happens to be in the aviation community.
I am not here to make money on tragedies. I am here to work with the aviation community, share my photographs, and inspire people. Therefore, I wish to publicly say that my photography, in the event of a tragedy, will not be released until I get the approval of the family and/or the airshow. If there is a code in the aviation community that I am not aware of for such events, please let me know.
Again, my prayers go out to the family and the rest of the aviation community,