Hi yeobt, you've really has done us proud. Your passion to bring this issue to the next level is very potential for MP nomination.
I think all photographers in Singapore should read this thread.
in ST forum today...
No double standards on photos but too many flouted rule, says Esplanade
I REFER to Monday's Forum Online letter by Mr Do Su Ern, 'Why double standards on taking photos at Esplanade?'
As a general rule at Esplanade, the taking of pictures or recording of videos is disallowed at all times during a performance. These restrictions are often imposed by the artists themselves to ensure that their interests and the rights to their work are protected. To ensure that audiences are aware of these restrictions, in-house announcements are made before the start of each performance and signs are put up at all entry points to the venue.
Cats was presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, an external hirer which booked our venue to present the show. As part of the performance experience, cast members dressed as cats would roam the venue during the last 10 minutes of the 20-minute intermission to interact with audiences.
During that period, an exception was made for audiences to interact with the 'cats' and take pictures with them, but on strict condition that no flash photography was allowed. This is because the bright lights from camera flashes will compromise the night vision of the cast members who had to climb and run around the darkened theatre as part of this special intermission experience. The no-flash-photography rule applied to all patrons in the theatre.
Beyond this stipulated period during the intermission, no photography or video recording of the performance was allowed.
Our ushers tried their best to advise patrons accordingly, but within a large venue it was not always possible to stop all errant flash photography.
We apologise if the manner in which the usher approached Mr Do came across as overly forceful. However, we seek his understanding that while photography was allowed with the 'cats' during the intermission, using flash posed an immediate safety risk to them. We recognise that our ushers need to strike a delicate balance between being polite while also remaining firm in such special circumstances.
We thank Mr Do for his feedback and have shared it with our ushers to ensure they are more mindful and tactful when enforcing such restrictions. We seek his understanding on this and hope he will continue to give Esplanade his support. We look forward to welcoming him back soon.
Director of Operations
i think it can be seen that they are mainly afraid that pictures of good optical quality may affect sales of their side-products, hence why DSLR is targetted and not camera handphones/compact cameras, despite higher likelihood of flash from compact cameras. They will continue to claim no double standards but continue to practise it, i think.
The guards/ushers should jolly well know that DSLR flashes need to be turned on to flash, while most PnS's flash needs to be turned off, else it will fire. But its the dslr users who's always being targeted, and may I say, local DSLR users.
Well, I went for the Cats performance last month. I dropped them a line before bringing my camera along & checked here as well. It is explained to me like what the report above said that photography is allowed during the break time when the "cats" interact with us. Anyway, I took just one since I was there to watch & not shoot. Well, the slapping mirror did make me quite conscious
The security check-in had no problem with my SLR. Well, come breaktime & the casts mingled with us & I have to agree that it was a nuisance when people started snapping away indiscriminately with their flashes even after the show started. It was like white flashes of fireworks.....
I find a problem with the people here is that many of us do not respect certain rules & basic attics.
It is a well known fact that when you visit museums & places of worships, you do not use flash in there. It's a shame that most Singaporeans don't heed this basic "rule of respect". I have seen so many times that our tourists are being "shooed" by EU locals when they do that, yet they keep repeating the same mistakes. Do you know that special lights are used in quality museums as regular spotlights damage the exhibits? I don't know about flashes but it can be an eye sore for other visitors.
| An army of sheep led by a lion are more to be feared than an army of lions led by a sheep. |
Which reminds me... there were plenty of goondus who used flash in night safari too... and worse of all, against those nocturnal animals...
Haiz.... wat to do?