In my opinion, (and I guess it’s the same for all photographers), as a photographer, we always hope we’ll be at the right place, at the right time, to be able to get “THE” shot, the picture we’ll be the only one to own. To be able to capture THE moment.
But when this happens during a tragic event, we’re placed in front of a moral dilemma; Do I publish? Do I want my photo(s) to run around the web. Because nowadays, this is what happens. An image can quickly appear everywhere on the internet and in social medias.
Last Saturday, in Mont-Tremblant, a racer died on the circuit, during a qualifying lap. John Ross MacRae, 24, lost his life following a fall in turn 1.
I was one of the few to be there. But I missed the accident. I only saw a cloud of smoke and the pilot lying on the ground, motionless. I took maybe forty pictures of the paramedics trying to bring him back to life, unfortunately, in vain. Images of his teammate, close to the scene, devastated.
Then came the question asked previously: Do I publish?
My answer was: No !
A question of moral and professional ethics. I don’t think an event this difficult for his family, his friends, people close to him, needs to be brought back for I don’t know how long.
So for these reasons, I’ll keep the images for myself, unless somebody close to him, should come to me and ask for them.
I believe it’s a question of ethics…